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How to Make Pattern Strips


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How to Make Pattern Strips - pattern exampleOne skill used to foster cognitive development is patterns. Children learn to recognize, complete, and create patterns beginning in preschool. You can either make your own pattern strips or print them from numerous education sites. Making them allows you to reuse the strips and interchange the patterns. It also saves on paper! And in the classroom, they can be used in centers, small group, and one-on-one.

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Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 5+ pattern strips

Link: Print Pattern Strips From Here

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How to Make Pattern Strips - supplies
 
How to Make Pattern Strips  - scissors and stickers
 

Steps:

  1. Use a ruler to draw three lines of equal boxes on white paper.
  2. How to Make Pattern Strips - draw three lines of equal boxes on white paper
     
  3. Cut out the three rows of boxes. Keep one row together and separate the boxes of the other two rows. Decide on which patterns you want your child to make, like "ABAB" or "ABCABC". Add 1-2 stickers to each of the squares you separated, making sure to use enough for each pattern. Laminate all the individual squares and the row that's still together.
  4. How to Make Pattern Strips - Cut out the three rows of boxes. Keep one row together and separate the boxes of the other two rows.
     
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  5. Cut Velcro squares in half. Use the hard side for the uncut row and the soft side for the individual squares. Place a piece in each box. These will allow one pattern strip to become an infinite number of patterns.
  6. How to Make Pattern Strips - add Velcro squares
     
  7. Start a pattern sequence, like this: "hatching chick, bunny, chick". Leave the remaining sticker squares on the table for your child to complete the pattern.
  8. How to Make Pattern Strips - Start a pattern sequence and allow child to finish
     
  9. Once the pattern is complete, you can ask your child to tell you what it is. If they got it wrong, start from the left side and say each item aloud. Many times this verbal cue will elicit the correct answer of what comes next. Then they can fix it themselves. You could also try an easier pattern. If it was too simple, try more difficult patterns. You can also add a second pattern strip and allow them to complete a longer pattern.
  10. How to Make Pattern Strips - have child explain pattern if correct, if not work on it
     
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  11. Here are "AABB" and "ABAB" patterns, using Saint Patrick's day stickers.
  12. How to Make Pattern Strips
     
    How to Make Pattern Strips - St. Patrick's Day pattern
     
  13. These pattern strips were printed from an education site, which I linked. They aren't laminated and can only be used once. I used these with students to have concrete evidence of their skills to place in portfolios.
  14. How to Make Pattern Strips  - educational site patterns
     
    How to Make Pattern Strips - one use not laminated
     

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