Color Match

  • counting beads (red, yellow, and blue)

  • color
  • next
  • pattern
  • repeat

MA Standards:

Inquiry: Make predictions based on observed patterns.

Head Start Outcomes:

Science Knowledge/Scientific Skills and Method: Observes and discusses common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects.
Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving: Classifies, compares, and contrasts objects, events, and experiences.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

Mathematics/Patterns and Relations 9: Recognize, describe, reproduce, extend, create, and compare repeating patterns of concrete materials.

Color Match

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Skill Focus: Color Recognition, Follow Directions, Math (Patterns), Vocabulary

Tell children you want them to make patterns using beads. Remind them that a pattern is a design that repeats over and over.

  • Place five beads in this order on a table, saying each color as you place it: Red, yellow; red, yellow; red.
  • Ask, How can you continue the pattern? What color bead will come next? Help children to conclude that it should be blue.

When children are comfortable identifying and repeating patterns, encourage them to make their own patterns. Let one child place beads to form a pattern, then another child tell what should come next and place several colors to continue the pattern.

Adaptation: For children who have advanced math skills, you can have them make three- or four-color patterns.

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