Popsicle patterns, lines, and designs in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on May 16, 2014

in Mathematics, Popsicle Patterns and Designs

Popsicle patterns, lines, and designs

In my previous post, I shared with you our popsicle water color paint and today I want to share with you our exploration of popsicle patterns, lines, and designs in our preschool classroom…

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This was a simple process that the children explored. To set it up, I used crayons to draw simple patterns, lines, and designs on squares of paper. The colors I used were the same as the colors of popsicle sticks…

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On the table, the children found the popsicle sticks (sorted by color) and the paper cards already out and ready for them to explore our simple game…

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The children picked a paper card and then used the card as a guide to make a pattern, line, or design…

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Some of the designs took up a whole table so we had to move things around here and there throughout the process to make room…

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As each child completed one pattern, they sorted their popsicle sticks back into the basket and then picked a new card to make a new pattern, line, or design…

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As the children explored the process, some of them figured out how to combine the cards to create their own patterns, lines, or designs and some of them chose to come up with their own patterns, lines, and designs without the cards…

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The process was simple to put together and was a fun way to promote conversation about shapes, lines, and designs as the children explored the process…

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I drew up a few cards with basic shapes such as a square or triangle as well as a few letters like an upper case A, F, and E…

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I also drew up cards with simple patterns or designs that could be built out of straight lines…

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Lots of fun listening to the children try and describe the designs on the cards. I got a chuckle out of the children as they used this card and debated what it could be. I didn’t have anything in mind when I drew it. I was just thinking designs with lines but the children decided it was a bow on a kite string…

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Super simple process that promoted mathematical thinking and vocabulary along the way…

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