Something about patterns and order is appealing to most preschoolers and toddlers. Kids love order, even though it doesn’t seem like it when they are tearing through the house trailing a line of toilet paper behind them. Even though kids don’t seem to care about order and patterns, this leaf patterning activity will catch their interest and satisfy their need for order. Mimicking patterns and predicting the next color in a series is a valuable skill for preschoolers that help strengthen pre-math skills and build STEM thinking skills in even the youngest kids. Grab some fall leaves and try this activity with your preschoolers this fall!

If you don’t have fabric leaves, you can always go outside and use fresh leaves.

– Life Over C's These leaf pattern activities for preschoolers are a great way to create a hands-on math center this fall. Use pretend leaves or grab some leaves from outside!

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Leaf Pattern Supplies:

  • Fabric or Real Leaves

– Life Over C's These leaf pattern activities for preschoolers are a great way to create a hands-on math center this fall. Use pretend leaves or grab some leaves from outside!

This activity is super simple, but kids will love doing it over and over, especially kids who LOVE patterns and making things repeat over and over.

All you need is to lay out some cloth leaves (you can also use real leaves for this activity).

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Start a pattern with the leaves, then have your preschoolers continue the pattern.

At first, they may be a little confused with what you’re asking them to do, but once they realize they have to guess what comes next in the pattern, then they will catch on quickly.

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The best thing about this activity is that kids will want to do it for a surprisingly long time.

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Try different patterns, like AB patterns, ABC patterns, ABB patterns, AAB patterns, ABBC patterns, and any other combination you or your preschoolers can think of. When you’re tired of making patterns, pick up the leaves and clean up is over. It’s super simple and tons of fun!

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– Life Over C's These leaf pattern activities for preschoolers are a great way to create a hands-on math center this fall. Use pretend leaves or grab some leaves from outside!

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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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