Patterns are a really fun topic to teach young learners! It’s a concept children can easily relate to because you can point out patterns in our world all around. With all that background knowledge easily accessible, teaching patterning becomes a matter of attaching new ideas to that existing knowledge. Add this fun pattern game to your lesson plans today!
Digital Donut Theme Continue ABB Pattern Activity for Kindergarten just makes completing patterns more yummy! The eye catching slides will draw your students in and allow them to gain confidence in recognizing and continuing patterns.
This FREE download includes 10 interactive slides for your students to practice continuing the ABB pattern. First, they must identify the color pattern given with the donut graphics. Then, they must click and drag the correct donuts from the bottom of the slide to complete the pattern.
You can also print the slides! Paper versions can be sent home for extra practice or laminated and placed at the math center.
The first step to teaching patterns for kindergarten and preschool teachers is simply a conversation. Call attention to patterns in the classroom like the rug, bulletin board borders, or students’ clothing. Name those patterns orally (red square, blue circle, red square, blue circle).
Next, ask children to continue those patterns orally by asking, “What comes next?” Use pattern cards or create fun games to reinforce the concept.
Once children have learned to recognize the patterns around them, kindergarten and pre k teachers can begin to introduce naming patterns by letter (AAB, ABB, ABC, ABBA, etc.)
Early childhood learning about patterns should include lots of hands on pattern activities for kindergarten and preschool. Students should engage in playful learning that allows them to see and manipulate patterns.
Set up math centers with blocks, tiles, shapes, or other figures (counting bears, etc.) that allow children to explore patterns while developing fine motor skills.
Printable worksheets or pattern worksheets can be helpful for students to show what they know about patterns, but the bulk of the exploration should be through hands on, playful learning.
How to Use the Digital Donut Pattern Activity for Kindergarten
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Google Slides, Seesaw, or self-correcting Boom cards. When you clink on the link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re good to go.
In Google Slides, after clicking on the Slides link, click the blue button that says, “Make a Copy.” This ensures that you have your own copy of the slideshow.
In Slides, make sure you are in “Edit” mode, as opposed to “Present” mode. You will see the “Present” button in the upper right hand corner.
In Slides, just click on the number to highlight the box in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
In Seesaw, use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each number to move it.
Finally, if you choose self-correcting Boom cards, remember you must be connected to the Internet in order for the cards to work.
More Making Pattern Activities for Kindergarten
As children explore patterns in a variety of ways, they begin to inherently understand what patterns are.
Here are some additional ideas to help your students explore and understand patterns.
- Make free printable pattern activities for kindergarten more interactive by pairing them with manipulatives. Ask students to place blocks, beads, or buttons on top of the given pattern to really help it come to life.
- Activities about patterns for kindergarten can extend across all curriculum, including reading, language, science, and art projects.
- Wonderful pattern activities for preschool include using the things they know best: toys, blocks, things found in nature, to create and extend patterns.
- Stamp pads and stamps are a great way for students to practice creating their own patterns. They can even create a pattern, then trade with another student to practice extending an unfamiliar pattern.