Have you fallen into the mini eraser collection craze? I confess that I have collected SO MANY erasers. In fact, I even had some out-of-town friends ship me some that I couldn’t get! You could call it an obsession. These erasers are some of my favorite manipulatives to use during school, because they are so cute and kids love them! My preschooler especially will play with them for hours and it’s so much fun to see her creative activity ideas with the erasers.
I created this super-fun mini eraser pattern activity for her to try with our erasers, and she loved sorting the erasers according to pattern.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE MINI ERASER PATTERN ACTIVITY:
This project is super easy to set up.
All I did was cut an egg carton in half, so that there were only six cups together.
Next, I used the erasers to start various patterns.
We did AB patterns, ABB patterns, AAB patterns, ABC patterns, and ABAB patterns. You can make whatever pattern you like though, it doesn’t really matter.
My preschooler really loved matching the patterns. First, I had her continue the pattern by starting it in the first half of the cups and having her choose the same erasers to complete the pattern in the second set of egg cups.
She decided that she wanted to completely sort through the erasers according to the patterns I had set up, which kept her busy for about 30 minutes!
After following the patterns I set up, she made her own patterns as well. After a while, she set up her own patterns directly on our play tray, rather than putting them in the cups, which enabled her to make even longer pattern strings.
It was so much fun watching her talk to herself as she made her eraser patterns.