Patterns with Beads

Early Years (Age 3 – 6)

Curriculum Goal

Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • Recognize, explore, describe, and compare patterns, and extend, translate, and create them, using the core of a pattern and predicting what comes next (#18).


  • Students will be in small groups on the carpet.
  • Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.


  • Beads of different shapes and colours
  • Personal 100s chart (Appendix A)


  • Explain to students that while they are sitting in groups, they will be making their own patterns with the beads.
  • Bring to students’ attention that patterns can go in any direction (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally).
  • Give each student a hundreds chart.
  • Have children create a pattern on the hundreds chart in any direction.
  • After students have finished their first pattern, have them describe and explain their pattern to their group.
  • Ask students to keep their first pattern on the chart and add to it by making a second pattern.
  • Repeat the steps above and have children make as many patterns as they can.
  • Take a picture of the patterns they made for documentation.

Look Fors

  • How complex are children’s patterns? Are they based on colour, shape, size, or a combination?
  • How often do children create patterns in different directions? What happens when they intersect?

Related Lessons

Students participate in an activity exploring patterns with an emphasis on the pattern core.

An introductory activity to patterning with an emphasis on predicting what comes next.

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