Ping Pong Patterns
This activity is a craft project and a math workshop all in one! Use colored ping-pong balls to encourage your child to imitate, extend, and create patterns. Your child will develop her counting skills and spatial awareness as she creates original designs.
What You Need:
- 12 ping-pong balls
- 1 egg carton
- Red and blue high-gloss enamel paint
What to Do:
- Paint one side of six of the ping-pong balls red, creating red and white balls.
- Paint one side of the other six ping-pong balls blue, creating blue and white balls.
- Set the ping-pong balls paint side up in the egg carton while the paint dries.
- When the paint has dried, put all 12 ping-pong balls in the basket.
- Start a simple pattern by placing ping-pong balls in the egg carton slots with one color (red, white, or blue) showing on each ball. Ask your child to continue the pattern.
- Now ask your child to create her own pattern!
Once your child has mastered solid-colored patterns, try more complicated patterns with the two-toned ping-pong balls. The possibilities are endless, and can be very artistic!