Winter is here and many of your students will come in wearing hats, mittens, and coats of all different colors! Today, I am going to share a fun math activity to practice patterns using colored mittens with your students. This pattern activity can be used as a whole group lesson, math centers, math tubs, or in an early finisher bin.
*Pair this with our Winter Centers & Activities for Pre-K & Kinder!
Winter Color Pattern Activity
Patterns may seem like an easy skill to teach, as some children start learning how to identify patterns when they are about 3 or 4 years old. However, you will probably be teaching some students about patterns for the first time.
When teaching patterns you should use a variety of different ways to make patterns, such as shapes, colors, numbers, or movement.
These colored mitten pattern cards are perfect for your students to practice two pattern skills: identifying and continuing the pattern.
In this free download, you will find 14 pattern cards with various colored mittens and 2 recording sheet options.
The patterns that are included are AB, ABB, AAB, AABB, and ABC. You can print out the cards and laminate for multiple uses.
Step 1: Identifying the Pattern
The first skill is identifying the pattern. Your students will look at each card and identify what kind of pattern it is. It’s best to model thinking out loud when solving the pattern.
For example, for the top card the teacher would say, “I spy a pattern! Let’s figure out what pattern it is. Blue, red, blue, red, blue. That is an AB pattern.” The teacher would write A above the blue, then B above the red.
Step 2: Continuing the Pattern
Then comes the second skill, which is continuing the pattern. Your students will look at the blank square and put the correct color mitten on it.
For example, the teacher says “Blue, red, blue, red, blue…hmm what comes next?” Then, the teacher would call on a student to share the answer “Red!”
By modeling your thinking, your students will be able to successfully complete this on their own.
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How to use the Recording Sheet
For the color copy of the recording sheet, your students just have to color in the missing color on the last mitten. You can do this as a whole group activity and have each student fill in the pattern as you solve it together.
For the black and white copy of the recording sheet, they will solve the pattern, look at the number at the bottom of the card, and copy the pattern, coloring each mitten in.
A Little Challenge…
One way to challenge your students is to cut up all the cards into separate mittens. Have them create their own pattern using the different colored mittens.
This skill is often the last patterning skill that students will master.
I hope this activity helps you teach patterns successfully this winter season!
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