My preschoolers love donuts! Frosted, sprinkled, glazed, powdered- it doesn’t matter, they love them. What better way to get children excited about an activity than to get them talking about one of their favorite foods. This Donut Theme Continue AB Patterns For Preschool is a wonderful way to introduce and practice patterns for preschoolers.
Since this activity comes in digital form and as a printable, it can fit into your lesson plans whether you are homeschooling, a preschool teacher in the classroom, or distance learning.
Teaching Patterns To Preschoolers:
What patterns should I teach?
There are a few different types of pattern activities you can work on with your preschooler.
- AB pattern activities (blue, yellow, blue, yellow, blue, yellow…)
- AABB pattern activities (blue, blue, yellow, yellow, blue, blue, yellow, yellow…)
- AAB AAB pattern activities (blue, blue, yellow, blue, blue, yellow)
- AAB ABB pattern activities (blue, blue, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow…)
- ABC pattern activities (blue, yellow, red, blue, yellow, red…)
Why is it important to do pattern activities with preschoolers?
There are many reasons it is important to teach patterns to preschoolers. They are an important basic math skill for young children to have.
Patterns help children make sense of the world around them.
Working on fun pattern activities with children not only gives them a chance to practice their pattern skills, but also helps with the skill of making predictions.
Patterns are a great math concept for helping children strengthen their logic and reasoning skills.
Hands on pattern activities are wonderful for fine motor skill development!
How To Use This Pattern Making Activity For Preschool:
After you enter your email address below, a download link will be sent to your inbox.
Once you open the link, you will be able to print the pages for the printable book, or click on a link to open the digital activity in Google Slides or Seesaw.
If you are using the Google Slides digital activity, follow the prompts to make a copy of the activity.
Once you have made a copy, make sure you are in “Edit” mode. This will allow you to interact with the activity.
Click on the donuts and drag them into the boxes to continue the pattern.
If you are using the Seesaw digital activity, use the Text tool (the large T) to highlight and move the donuts.
Print the activity onto white card stock. Laminate the pages.
Using scissors, or a circle craft punch, cut out the donuts. (I used a 1 1/2 inch circle hole punch for mine.)
Apply velcro to the back of the donut pieces, and put the opposite side onto the sections where your child will continue the pattern.
Assemble your pattern book. You can hole punch the pages and put them into a binder, secure them using string, or use a book binder to make the book!
Once your book is assembled, you are ready for pattern fun!
Look at the pattern with your child. See if they can identify what the pattern is on their own, if not, provide them with some clues or a little guidance.
Next, have your child find the color donuts that match the ones in the pattern. They will place the correct donuts in the boxes to continue the pattern.
Repeat with each page until the book is complete!
Other Ways To Use This Hands On Pattern Activity For Kindergarten and Preschool:
- Have a picture book read aloud to go along with this activity! A donut themed book, or any other pattern book for preschool you have would be the perfect literacy connection to this activity. (Pattern Bugs is a great book about patterns!)
- Teaching a If You Give A Dog A Donut Theme for Preschoolers? This is the perfect If You Give A Dog A Donut activity to compliment your book!
- Encourage your child to create their own pattern. You can have your child draw their own donut pattern on a piece of paper, or use the donut cut outs from the printable activity to make their own.
- Work on color identification as you do the pattern activity. You could even throw in some color vocabulary cards to practice matching the color to the word.