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)


  • 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.
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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?

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