As I mentioned earlier this week, teaching kids to explore, recognize and use patterns is an essential part of math education. While students will eventually learn to recognize patterns with numbers and tables and graphs, it’s important to start early with basic shapes and colors! And as I’ve mentioned before, what’s more fun than learning math with Skittles? 🙂 My kids had so much fun with these Skittles Pattern Cards, and even got busy coming up with their own patterns after they finished each of these!
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Materials Needed for Skittles Pattern Cards:
- Printed cards (cut apart and laminated)
- A variety of Skittles candies (although if you’re looking for a sugar free option, these pom poms would work great as well! 😉 )
To Use Skittles Pattern Cards:
Simply distribute the pattern cards and place a handful of Skittles on the table. Then let the kids discuss the patterns they see and complete the cards!
Be sure to engage them in discussions while they work, and ask questions like, “What made you put an orange skittle next?” or “How do you know that is the correct pattern?”
Once they’ve completed the pattern cards, have them come up with their own pattern and challenge each other to add the next 3 or 4 Skittles. See if they can make a pattern with all 5 colors, or who can make the longest chain without messing up or skipping something.
Included in this download are 12 different pattern cards, which consist of the following patterns:
But once your kids have mastered these cards and patterns, let their imagination go wild and encourage them to create more complex patterns! Or if these seem too easy, come up with a more challenging pattern and see if they can add the next 3-4 Skittles.
*This set of pattern cards has been updated and included in my huge Skittles Hands On Math Bundle! Get the entire set of Skittles Math activities for grades PreK-1st for just $3!*
You might also like this set of 3D Shapes cards that include pattern cards, as well as several other game ideas for learning and exploring 3D shapes!
What are some of your favorite ways to work on pattern recognition? The possibilities are endless!
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