# Pattern Activities

Pattern activities help kids develop early math skills. These pattern activities range from simple pattern-making crafts to more advanced pattern games. Kids will learn to weave a pattern from paper to make holiday keepsakes, create beaded patterns to make unique jewelry, and even make patterns with their food! Working with patterns from a young age helps children recognize repetition in numbers, sounds, and activities, and can help prepare them for times tables, addition, and skip counting. Try these pattern activities with your young mathematician!

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Help your preschooler create ice cube bead necklaces to cool off while practicing gross motor skills and sequencing, and discussing states of matter.

### Nuts and Bolts: A Sorting Activity

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Sorting objects by size, color, shape, or function is an important concept in kindergarten math, and it's the perfect excuse for a little housekeeping!

### Make a Patterned Belt

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In kindergarten, kids work with patterns. Try making this practical but decorative piece of clothing together for fun and math practice.

### Pretty Patterns

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This activity is a craft project and a math workshop all in one! Use found objects to encourage your child to imitate, extend, and create patterns.

### Make Your Own Matching Game

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Your child will boost her visual recognition skills and become more familiar with different colors as she pairs up craft sticks with the same patterns.

### Sound Shakers

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Create clear sound shakers so your preschooler can observe and compare the different sounds that objects make!

### Number Pattern Solver

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The ability to identify number patterns is one of the building blocks to success in higher-level math and this game is the perfect way to practice.

### Create a Hawaiian Costume!

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This Hawaiian costume is fun for luaus, Halloween, or playtime. Make a Hawaiian costume, complete with tissue-paper lei and crepe-paper grass skirt.

### Straw Necklaces

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Your child will enjoy feeling independent and creative as she develops her fine motor skills while making this necklace using just yarn and colored straws.

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### Butterfly Patterns

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Have your kid practice completing number patterns and then create her own patterns on the wings of a butterfly with this delightfully simple paper project.

### Coin Connection: A Patterning Game

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Lots of everyday objects can be fun, whether it's buttons, beans, or Lego blocks. Here's an activity that uses coins to build problem-solving strategies.

### Leaf Tessellations

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Your child can emulate M.C. Escher with this hands-on art project for fall and Thanksgiving.

### Rice Cake Creatures

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Want to turn snack time into fun-time? Help him turn ordinary rice cakes into creatures that are silly, creepy, or just plain cute!

### Fish Patterns

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Using markers and construction paper, your child will design his own patterned fish.

### Patterned Pets

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Patterns are everywhere. This activity allows your child to practice inventing her own patterns while creating a portrait of a pet.

### Skip Counting and Patterns

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Challenge your 1st grader to skip count with this sequence game. Help him find missing numbers by figuring out the pattern and building on math skills!

### Flags of Africa

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Your kindergartener will learn basic math concepts and create a beautiful keepsake with this African flag reference book.

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