Paper clip patterning

Posted: November 17, 2014 in Math fun
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My favorite thing about early-learning math is that children don’t necessarily have to recognize it as math. Important concepts like patterning can be taught in such a way that they feel more like playing than school work. And if you know me at all, you know I believe that (whenever possible) learning should be fun!

Counting Coconuts has made this easier for the rest of us by sharing a fun patterning activity to be used with colored paper clips. All you have to do is print out her pattern sheets (find them here), cut them into strips, gather some colored paper clips, and you’re ready to go!

 paper clip patterns

I also laminated mine and rounded the corners so they’d be kid friendly and would stand up to multiple play sessions. I put the clips and the cards in a small basket in a place she can reach, so she can access them any time she wants.

making paper clip patterns

Show your child how to follow the pattern on the card to hook her clips together. Then, sit back and enjoy seeing the pride on her face when she completes each card.

pattern math

If your little one is anything like my daughter, she’ll also spend some time making a variety of necklaces and bracelets from the paper clips as well. She’ll make some for you, too…so be prepared to walk around with some new jewelry!

Want more patterning activities? My favorite resource for kid-friendly printables is Education.com. I’ve linked to the preschool worksheets, but they have them available all the way through third grade level, so just click on the link on the left of the page to find the ones appropriate for your child.

Enjoy learning together!

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