Hands-on pattern activities for preschoolers bring an abstract concept to life! Identifying, manipulating, and extending patterns help young learners understand what patterns are. Pattern making activities for preschool form an important foundation for more advanced pattern recognition activities later on, like skip counting and operations.

– Life Over C's Preschool pattern activities printable set

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Fruit Theme Pattern Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Marker
  • Fruit Counter Manipulatives

These Preschool Fruit Theme Fun Pattern Activities are the perfect addition to any food-themed unit. Use them to teach patterns by exploring fruits and vegetables or healthy eating, colors, and patterns. The printable mats are colorful and inviting. Download today for an easy-prep, hands-on pattern activity for kindergarten or preschool.

Fruit Themed Pattern Activity

We found this fantastic bin of fruit themed counters. It is SO MUCH FUN! I love how bold yet bright the colors are and how realistic the fruit is! I have created a handful of engaging activities based on these fun fruit counters!

– Life Over C's Free printable pattern activity for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade. Make ABC patterns with four levels of differentiation.

Kids will love this early childhood activity. It is the perfect hands-on activity to introduce and practice an important math concept. Keep your classroom teaching interesting by providing kids with math games, themed activities, and interactive preschool lessons. This fruit theme activity for preschool is easy to prep and versatile in the way you decide to use it!

Prepping The Activity

First, print the activity. You can use regular paper, construction paper for durability, or cardstock.

I prefer to laminate each page. This is optional, but it will preserve the life of the activity. If you plan to use this activity more than once, I recommend laminating. If you want to save on lamination sheets, you can laminate the pages back to back, so both sides will have a pattern set.

We also like to use dry-erase pouches. You can easily slide the activity into the pouches to protect the papers, without laminating!

After you have prepped the activity, grab the fruit counters and get ready to play! If you do not have the fruit counters yet, I definitely recommend purchasing them. This year I’ve been sharing all sorts of ways to use them for preschool and kindergarten.

If you don’t have fruit salad counters, this pattern pack includes fruit pictures to use instead.

You may also love this Fruit Matching Game.

How To Use the Fruit Preschool Theme Pattern Activity

Grab your fruit counters and your pattern set. Consider giving each student a paper plate to keep their fruit counters on. You might even sneak in food and nutrition facts with a nice fruity snack afterward!

Patterns Included In This Set:

  • AB
  • AAB
  • ABB
  • ABC

This activity is super easy to differentiate. Children can copy, continue, or create a pattern (both with guidance and independently.)

– Life Over C's fruit theme pattern activities for kindergarten ABB pattern mats with fruit pictures

Children can look at the pattern created, then copy it in a separate location or place the fruit counters directly on top of the pictures like we did. Young children may find it easier to place the fruit directly on top of the pictures.

– Life Over C's Copy an AAB pattern with fruit math counters. Kindergarten math center for patterns.

The second level is for them to continue the pattern with the fruit counters.

– Life Over C's Fruit patterns for kindergarten math centers. Continue an AB pattern by adding the correct fruit math counter to the end of the fruit pattern.

Next, kids can create patterns with the help of the AB letters.

– Life Over C's Create an AB pattern with guidance using this fruit themed pattern mat set for kindergarten math centers.

Finally, independent pattern making takes the food theme idea for preschool to the next level! Confident students can create their own patterns!

– Life Over C's Create an AB pattern independently with fruit themed pattern mats for kindergarten math centers.

The Fruit Theme Pattern Pack is great for differentiating math centers for learners at all stages of understanding patterns.

Your strong learners will love the challenge of the harder patterns. At the same time, students who are still learning about patterns won’t be frustrated with an activity that is too difficult.

With seven fully differentiated sets, over 40 pages, these fruits and vegetables preschool theme pattern mats are perfect for math centers in any pre-k or kindergarten classroom.

If you like this activity, try our Zoo Printable Animal Pattern Set.

More Food Theme Activities!

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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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  1. OMG, Thanks so much for sharing this resource. I have a kindergartener, and I too love to teach hands on whenever possible. I was going to have her do fruit patterning with real fruit, but I didnt have enough fruit at home, and with this Covid virus, I didn’t find it worth it to head into the stores for just some fruit for patterning, so I decided to make her assignment worksheet based and come on here to Pinterest to see what I could find. I was OVERJOYED to see this page and hands on resource pop up. I am going to print them now, and use your link to purchase the related fruit. Thank you again, so, soo, much!

  2. I love the fruit math patterns but I noticed that the bucket of fruits you say go with this activity does not have the same fruits. It does not contain blueberries.