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.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE LEAF PATTERN ACTIVITY:
You probably already have almost everything you need for this activity!
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).
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.
The best thing about this activity is that kids will want to do it for a surprisingly long time.
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!
Our Favorite Fall Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Leif and the FallGoodbye Summer, Hello AutumnThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!The Leaf Thief: (The Perfect Fall Book for Children and Toddlers)Fletcher and the Falling LeavesFall Mixed Up (Carolrhoda Picture Books)LeavesNature Stories: Little Acorn: Padded Board BookLeaf ManWhy Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun (Season Facts and Fun)Hello, Harvest MoonWhy Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)If You Find a Leaf