I had a bunch of foam stickers and decided to make B some strips for patterning practice. I saw this idea about working with patterns at Chasing Cheerios.
First, I put the stickers on the strip of paper in a certain pattern. I left the backing on the last sticker but traced it in the pattern. He never actually sticks the last sticker in place. He sets it on the shape (more like a puzzle) so that they can be reused over and over again. I put all of the strips and pieces into a ziplock bag for storage.
When we first started working with patterns, I showed him one pattern strip and pointed to each one and said, “Pink, Red, Pink, Red, _____”. He would shout out the color and then find the corresponding shape. Now that he has done it with my help several times, I put all of the strips out for him and put the pieces in a bowl and let him say the patterns aloud before finding the piece.
This can be done with regular stickers, stamps, cereal, m&ms, etc. or here are a bunch of great printable patterns that you might want to try!
More Patterning Cards from Montessori for Everyone
Thanksgiving Patterns from File Folder Fun