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Patterning is a very important part of the early years curriculum! Today I would like to share some of my favourite patterning activities from my time in Prep.

Pattern Worms

My wonderful teacher aide came up with this fantastic idea during small group rotations. She used pipe cleaners and some gorgeous brightly coloured beads from our craft room. Once the students had threaded their patterns, she dabbed some glue into the head of the worms to secure the beads and looped the pipe cleaner at the end of the worms. She helped the students to add eyes and voila, their pattern worms were complete! You can see the varying skill levels of my students in the patterns that they created.

Make pattern worms using beads and pipe clearners | Activities for exploring patterning in the Prep, Foundation, Preschool and Kindergarten classroom | Hands-on learning | Australian Curriculum |

Pattern Zebra

I saw this wonderful idea on Pinterest (see inspiration here) and I just loved them! I drew a template of a zebra and photocopied them onto thick, white cardstock. I put out a bunch of scrap paper and had the students pick their colours. I demonstrated how to cut the strips to fit their template and showed an example of a simple AB pattern on his foot. Let’s just say, this activity kept even my busiest students very entertained all while exploring patterns. It was also a great opportunity for me to take some anecdotal notes on cutting skills and patterning – two birds with one stone!

Zebra Patterns | Activities for exploring patterning in the Prep, Foundation, Preschool and Kindergarten classroom | Hands-on learning | Australian Curriculum |

I also used the following worksheet as a form of assessment to take to parent/teacher interviews. You can find it on Pinterest here. It’s such a sweet little activity and kindergarten/Prep students just love to colour in!
 

Counter Patterns

Using counters is one of the easiest ways to see who can create and continue patterns. I often do this during rotations as a simple assessment task.
Using counters for patterning | Activities for exploring patterning in the Prep, Foundation, Preschool and Kindergarten classroom | Hands-on learning | Australian Curriculum |

So there you have it – some of my favourite activities for patterning in the kindergarten or Prep classroom!

What’s your favourite patterning activity?

About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 6 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.


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  1. I love your ideas! My kids loved 'pattern stations' – different materials set up at different tables to explore making patterns (we had magnetic letters, playdough, different maths counters, and chalk with black paper). I also love making pasta pattern necklaces!

    Jem
    Jem's Bright Buttons

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