We have so many kinds of beads in our craft supplies! We use them all.the.time. For counting, subtracting, patterns, and just plain crafting! Today, as part of the “Learn with Your Craft Stash” series, I have some free printable patterning cards for you that work perfectly with any kind of beads. They look especially great with the fun set of beads that we found at the craft store for spring!
Materials needed for the Free Printable Patterning Activity:
Paper and/or card stock
Laminating pouches (optional)
Beads in multiple colors or styles
Assemble the cards:
Print and cut apart the free printable patterning cards. I printed mine on card stock, so we didn’t need to laminate, but if you use printer paper, you will want to laminate to make the cards more durable.
Punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each card and then put the cards on the book ring.
Use the free printable patterning cards:
Display the cards, beads and pipe cleaners on the tray.
Demonstrate how to lay a different bead on each of the colored circles at the very top of the patterning card.
Following the color code, thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners in the pattern shown. (Don’t do like my preschooler!)
Patterning is an essential math skill and is the building blocks for critical thinking.
Using the beads for patterning also provides practice with fine-motor skills, something that people of all ages need.
Download the Free Patterning Printable here.
Want to see more learning activities with beads? Check out these great posts from the “Learn with Your Craft Stash” series!
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