This activity is great for working on patterning skills and strengthening fine motor muscles. Studies have shown that encouraging a child’s understanding of patterns contributes to the development of various kinds of mathematical thinking, including counting, problem-solving, drawing inferences about number combinations, and even algebra. This printable set includes 4 different types of patterns (AB, AABB, AAB, ABC).
Materials (affiliate links):
Piece of Cardboard
8 bottle tops
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Pattern Strips Printable (The printable includes 4 different types of patterns: AB, AABB, AAB, ABC. For each type of pattern you get 5 different pattern strips filled in and 5 different pattern strips with the last 3 spots being question marks.)
First cut the tops off of the bottles and hot glue them to a piece of cardboard.
Next put the Dot Labels on the bottle tops. You will need at least 6 of each color (red, blue, green, orange, yellow). Then print out the cards and you are ready to go.
First Kysen did the AB pattern that was filled in all the way.
Then he did the AABB pattern that the last 3 spots were question marks so he had to figure out what comes next.
Last he worked on a ABC pattern one filled in all the way. Then one with the last 3 missing.
Kysen loves making patterns so after he did a couple of the strips he created his own patterns using the bottle tops.