Recognizing and understand patterns is an essential math skill. I love to start the school math year with a focus on patterns. One of my favorite activities is throwing a pattern party at the end of our two week pattern exploration.
It’s pretty simple and so much fun for everyone in class!
1. I purchased a couple of bags of Cheez it Snack Mix because it has a good variety of shapes. I also got some Nilla wafers and graham crackers. Then I printed a variety of patterns onto labels. To make things easier, I did 6 patterns, so it was easy for me to cut into strips for each student. I also have a set of cloth napkins, but you could use paper napkins or paper towels.
2. I cut the labels out and then set them on a napkin and put a plate of snacks into the middle.
3. We went over proper party manners. We also talked about working out the snack supplies so that every one got a fair amount.
4. I then started up some fun music (Pandora has some good children’s stations). And they each laid out each pattern.
5. When everyone was finished, we did a museum walk (changed the station to more mellow music). And everyone quietly walked around to see each others’ patterns. And like museums you cannot touch the art work.
6. Then it is time to eat!
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