I wanted to add to our pattern collection, so I created these free matryoshka pattern strips to share with you! We love making patterns, as you can tell by the many pattern activities that I’ve shared. No matter their age, kids always need practice with patterns. It helps to strengthen their critical thinking skills and leads to better math comprehension. So these matryoshka patterns will get lots of use!

These free matryoshka pattern strips are perfect for kids who need some hands-on practice with developing patterns. These are perfect for kids who need a bit of a challenge!

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Materials for the Pattern Strips

  • Paper
  • Laminating Strips
  • Paper Cutters

There are detailed instructions on how to put the pattern strips together in the file, but below the picture are the general instructions.

There are detailed instructions on how to put the pattern strips together in the file, but I’ll these are the general instructions.

Here’s one of the patterns (there are a total of ten.) Cut them out on the dotted lines, which means you will have 3 strips of paper. Tape the ‘tape here’ tab of the first section underneath the first apple on the second section. Then repeat to add the third piece.

If you want (I did), you can cut out the small matryoshka pattern at the top and tape it to the back of the pattern strip, so that the student can check her work by flipping the pattern strip over when she’s done.

To store them, you can put all the strips in a big clip and hang them on the wall, like we did with our free apple pattern strips.

These free matryoshka pattern strips are perfect for kids who need some hands-on practice with developing patterns. These are perfect for kids who need a bit of a challenge!

These patterns are longer and more complex than the patterns included in my Pre-k and Kindergarten packs. They have 4-6 elements in the pattern to require the kids to think deeper when they are completing them.

They were perfect for my 1st grader. She loved playing with the dolls as she put together the patterns. Because they are still a tad bit challenging, we did 3 patterns at a time for a few days. When I used the apple patterns with my, then, 4th grade daughter, she flew through them all as a source of review.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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