One of the math skills that we are currently working on in my classroom is reviewing patterns. We have already mastered repeating patterns (patterns that repeat themselves and never change i.e.) ABABABABA) but we currently are exploring what a growing pattern is. A growing pattern is where something is added after every sequence. My students are enjoying using our open ended, “loose parts” to explore both repeated and growing patterns.
To make these lessons fun, we have been using a variety of art activities to explore and produce these patterns.
1. Christmas Light Patterns
To complete this activity, first I got out large white construction paper and cut the pieces in half. Then we added the black strand of lights using a black Sharpie. To make it easier for my students we added light bulb caps so that they would know where to add their bright Christmas lights.
I set out craft cups (they look like cupcake holders) filled with paint and wine corks.
My students then decided on the pattern that they wanted to create and got to work.
They love this and have been completing different patterns during exploration centers each day!
2. Christmas Tree Patterns
To create this activity, my students first sequenced their strips of paper to create a Christmas tree. Then they added ornaments (buttons) to each section to create a pattern.
3. Tri-bead ornaments
This art project not only practices patterns, but it also works on fine motor skills. My students turned the above projects into wreaths to hang on their Christmas trees.
We also made candy canes!
4. Linking Chain Decorations
For this activity my students created linking chains using red and green paper. The class voted on the pattern we should work on and everyone got busy! The beautiful chain is now hanging up in our classroom!
My students are having a blast practicing our math concepts! I hope that you can use some of these activities in your classrooms!