1-2-3 Come Make A Pattern With Me!
Run off egg template on white construction paper. Cut a variety of bright and pastel construction paper strips the width of a ruler.
For ease of cutting, on a paper cutter, I make a template and then run off the strips.
I made mine 1 inch wide, but sometimes when you print from a scanned PDF, the template comes out a tad smaller, so make sure that your strips are the same width as your egg template.
Make some samples of a variety of patterns: ABAB, ABCABC AABB ABBA etc.
Review patterning with your students.
Children decide what pattern they are going to make and choose their strips accordingly.
Rub glue on the template and then place a strip down. (I’ve taken a picture of how this looks with an ABC (red-orange-yellow) pattern. I started in the middle so that you could see the egg shape, but students should start at the top.
After they have completed their pattern, have them flip over their egg so that they can trim off the ends. Students write the pattern on the front of their egg.
If you want to dangle them from the ceiling, punch a hole in the top, add a yarn loop and hang them back-to-back so that all sides look nice.
They also make a colorful bulletin board. Your caption can be: Egg-sactly What Patterns Do You See? or “Egg-citing Patterns From Mrs./Mr. ___________ class.”
I’ve also included a rip and tear egg template, so that students can make a rip & tear creation. This is outstanding fine motor exercise. My Y5‘s loved making R&P’s.
Students simply put all of the ends of their paper strips in a pile. Children select whatever colors they want, and rip and tear them into a pile.
They then rub glue all over their egg template and press the pieces on the top. These too can be flipped over and trimmed, so that their shape is more egg like.
You can hang these along with the larger eggs for even more pizzazz.
Click on the link to view/download the egg patterning packet.
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