Patterns and Beads: Preschool Fun

August 17, 2012

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Guess what my 4-year-old is doing that kept  him completely focused for over an hour this morning.

We borrowed some pony beads from his sister and a dug a few pipe cleaners out of the craft cupboard.

And since I suggested he try to make some patterns with the beads, we’re calling it ‘pre-school math’.

Don’t you love cute chubby fingers?  (Especially when he’s been painting nails with his older sister, who is the only girl in the family. :-))

The final result?  A proud boy with his necklace.

Supply ideas:

  • Pipe cleaners.
  • Pony beads or any other larger beads that little fingers can handle.
  • Round cereal like Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or Apple Jacks so you can eat your creation when you’re done.
  • One or more bored children.

Activity ideas

  • Start by sorting the different colored pony beads into their own containers at the beginning = more math!
  • Cut the pipe cleaners shorter to make bracelets and rings, or twist two together to make a necklace.  Bend a hook on one end to keep the beads from sliding off the edge.  To finish the piece, bend a small hook in each end and then tuck the sharp point under a bead.
  • Start with simple patterns and move to more complex ones.
  • Demonstrate new patterns and play the “What comes next?” game by starting a pattern and asking the other person what the next beads are.  Take turns so your child can try to stump you too.
  • Write a blog post about the activity so your little one can grin at his pictures on the computer.  🙂

Do you have any fun preschool activities that keep the kiddoes busy?  I can always use good ideas!


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