Patterns, Beads and Play Dough! Oh My!

DSC01999The boys love play dough, and beads. So how could I not take advantage and have them do a little Math!

We started by rolling a big ball of play dough then sticking some wooden skewers into the play dough. I talked to them about patterns (they are getting very familiar with patterns now, so they don’t need much of a lesson anymore, just some encouragement to try a harder pattern). My 4yo just kept saying “I know, Mom. I know how to do patterns!”

Then they started creating patterns with their beads and making “Towers” as they called it.

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I gave them some freedom and tried not to intervene too much, just ask a few questions here and there. I gave a little help to my 3yo to make sure he double checked his work to keep his pattern going correctly.

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As usual, they were very impressed with how the “Towers” turned out. They were beaming big smiles when they were all done!

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It’s a quick math activity to do with the kids to get their minds working and create some pride in themselves! Very easy to set-up and clean-up, perfect for those times when you just need something small to do. Have fun!

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