The boys and I have been reading a book we got out of the library called “Adding it up”. It’s a get ready for Kindergarten book that the boys picked out. We all thought it was a story book, and it kind of is, except every page has an activity you can do. It is all about math from adding to graphs to patterns, and the boys seem really keen on trying out all the activities. We have done about half the book so far and I thought I would share one of the activities from it that we tried.
We read the page about patterns, and we have been working on patterns at home for a little while now so they we able to figure out the patterns in the book very quickly. Then the activity was to make a pattern noodle necklace. Well, it said to paint the noodles different colours then let it dry, however my boys don’t like to wait around, so instead we went all natural and used tri-colour pasta and went right to making patterns with green, yellow and orange pasta.
I attached a yarn needle to the end of the yarn to make it easier to thread the noodles on since the noodles didn’t have a very large holes. Then the boys came up with their own patterns. My 3yo went with a simple ABC pattern of yellow, orange, green; while my 4yo went with a more complex ABABAC pattern of yellow, green, yellow, green, yellow, orange.
It was quite difficult to keep my crawling 6 month old from getting into everything as you can see, and when I took it away from him he became very upset. Poor baby, he just wants to do everything his big brothers do.
When they finished they were proud of their necklaces. They did a great job and now they have beautiful pattern necklaces to wear around!
Have you tried making noodle necklaces with your kids? Give it a try! It’s a great way to sneak some math into a craft and learn about patterns!
My boys being silly!