Why are patterns so widely used in preschool? Simply, patterns of any type can teach young children about logical thinking and sequence of events. Whether it’s stickers or shapes, children at an early age can be introduced to order and organization. But that’s not all of the function of these configurations.
Sequence or patterns also emphasizes logical thinking when reading or doing simple math. What comes next? What’s the next event? This critical reasoning involves reading comprehension and understanding the order of events. In math, it also consists of knowing the logical pattern, or simple addition or subtraction. Although we may not see it yet, they are later used in algebra and other academic subjects.
What’s a good way to educate children about patterns? Painting, stamping, and other crafts are wonderful art techniques to introduce complex to simple ones. In this project, kids will be able to use their thumbs to create hearts and rubber stamps to alternate between illustrations.
- Construction papers
- Red and yellow paint
- Decorative scissors
- Rubber stamps
- Glitter (optional)
- Safety scissors
- Cut the edges of pink construction paper with decorative scissors.
- Place small amounts of red and yellow finger-paint on a small paper plate.
- Use the little thumbs to make hearts by placing them sideways on the red paint.
- Use the yellow paint to dip a rubber stamp.
- Alternate between both designs to create a pattern.
- Allow the painting to dry.
- Paste small dabs of glue on the back of the pink paper and adhere to a different color of construction paper.
This project can also be used for a Valentine gift. Simply, attach a poem by creative authors and writers. It adds a fun twist to this craft for children.
You can also check out the math free worksheet section for more ideas.