As Easter approaches I’m wracking my brain for ways to fit an egg or two into our daily learning. One of my favorites from this week was using eggs to work on the concept of patterns.
For the three year old, just coloring the egg in a two color pattern was enough.
For the five year olds, we talked about different patterns, adding in different shapes and colors and we worked on learning about the meaning of horizontal and vertical.
1. Cut out an egg shape (I cut out one for my 3 year old but had the 5 year olds practice cutting their own.)
2. Use a ruler to draw lines on the egg. (I drew them for my youngest and let the big kids trace their own.)
3. Have each child pick a color pattern for their stripes.
4. For older children, explain the concept of horizontal and vertical. Have them create a vertical pattern with colors and then a horizontal pattern of shapes or designs within each line. We had a little trouble at this point. We talked through the concept but McKenna fatigues quickly so her fine motor skills were spent from all the coloring. Stickers came to the rescue so she could finish her patterning.
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