We have many kinds of beads in our craft supplies, from pony beads to hearts and flowers! We use them all. the. time. For counting, subtracting, pressing in play dough, creating our own patterns, and just plain crafting! The Making Patterns with Beads Plus Free Printable Patterning Cards work perfectly with any kind of beads. They are a great way to help young children explore and understand patterns while working on pincer grasp and hand-eye coordination. Just print the cards, grab your beads, and have some fun teaching patterns to preschoolers!

– Life Over C's Spring patterns with beads for fine motor

Recommended Grade Level:

Spring Themed Pattern Cards Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Beads
  • Chenille Stems
  • Tray
  • Book Ring

Preschool and Kindergarten Patterning Activities

PATTERN WORKSHEETS FOR PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL PATTERN ACTIVITIES ARE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP FINE MOTOR MUSCLES WITH HANDS-ON MANIPULATIVES.

Pattern activities for kindergarten and preschool typically begin with pattern identification. What patterns do you see around you? Patterns are everywhere from our clothes to our walls. It’s fun to point them out to kids.

Then we can begin naming patterns. That’s fun, too! You can name them by color, shape, object, or even movement and sound.

Once kids are good at repeating patterns, they can begin to extend the pattern by predicting what comes next.

Patterns and fine motor activities for preschool go hand-in-hand. Beading, weaving, playing with blocks, and making patterns with playdough are all valuable activities that also promote fine motor development.

In addition to copying patterns from the spring themed cards, you can ask questions to get kids thinking:

  • How can you name the pattern?
  • What part repeats?
  • Can you name it will colors? Shapes? Letters? Numbers?
  • What comes next in the pattern?
– Life Over C's Create beautiful spring patterns with this free printable! Works with any type of beads simply place the beads on the circles as a guide! Perfect math activity.

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making Bead Patterns?

PRESCHOOL FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES

LEARNING ABOUT PATTERNS IS AN ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONAL SKILL FOR MATH AND BEYOND. SINCE PATTERNS ARE ALL AROUND US, IN WEATHER AND SEASONS, NUMBERS AND LETTERS, THEY ARE VALUABLE TO LEARN.

Working on different types of patterns sharpens our brains and promotes other important skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Reasoning
  • Visual discrimination/acuity
  • Predicting
– Life Over C's Create beautiful spring patterns with this free printable! Works with any type of beads!

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Simple Patterns?

Patterns are everywhere, from weather to our clothing. Learning to identify patterns in our world is an important step to understanding a lot of other concepts.

Background Knowledge: Our number system is based on patterns. By having kids identify and create pony bead patterns with color patterns or shapes, they can more readily understand the patterns in numbers.

Problem-Solving: Identifying patterns is often key in problem-solving, whether working a complex math problem or fixing a toy/appliance around the house. Knowing how to spot a pattern or cause/effect is important.

Predicting: Pattern activities for preschool include identifying patterns, then they learn to name them. Once they can name them, then they can extend the pattern by predicting what comes next. Predicting is an important skill in reading, science, and math.

Creativity: Learning about patterns with hands-on activities to make and explore patterns, we encourage them to not only enhance fine motor skills, but to exercise creativity and appreciation of color, shapes, and more.

How to Make the Spring Pattern Cards

To Prep:

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.

– Life Over C's Create beautiful spring patterns with this free printable! Works with any type of beads simply place the beads on the circles as a guide! Perfect math activity.

To Use:

Display the cards, beads and chenille stems on the tray at the math center.

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.

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.

– Life Over C's Create beautiful spring patterns with this free printable! Works with any type of beads simply place the beads on the circles as a guide! Perfect math activity.

Extend the Activity

Make Your Own

If your child isn’t ready to copy patterns from cards, let them make their own! It will still be a great fine motor skill activity to build those handwriting muscles.

Name It

A really important step after making the pony bead patterns easy is to name them with letters or numbers. You don’t have to do every one, but make sure you teach your child how to do that.

Play a Game

Create a partner game where one person draws a card and creates a pattern and the other person must identify and extend that pattern. Switch roles and repeat.

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– Life Over C's Spring patterns with beads for fine motor
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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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