Patterning with gumdrops in pre-kindergarten!

I have to say out of all the things I have observed the children do over the past several months, Gumdrop Day was one of the most successful and fun days for me to observe and for the pre-kindergarten children to enjoy!  This post is part one of our Gumdrop Day – tomorrow will be part 2!

There was some concern that the Pre-k children would be more interested in eating the gumdrops rather than creating with them but this was not the case.  The children were completely engaged in the different activities that were provided!

At this table, as part of Letter “Gg” week, the children were making gumdrop patterns.

Simple AB patterns were what we were shooting for.  An AB pattern would consist of two objects or colors like “Red – Yellow – Red – Yellow.”  Most of the children caught on to the AB patterns very quickly – others needed a little more guidance to understand the concept.

And then there were a few children who took off with the idea and made patterns that exceeded the objective of the day!

One thing I like about an activity like this is that the children are able to work at their own level and at their own pace. I like the sensory involved too. The taste, smell, and the feel of the sugary gumdrops is a bonus to this patterning activity!  We could have used paper gumdrops but using the real deal is so much more fun and engaging!

It was such a pleasure to watch the children as they focused on creating their patterns – I could just see the wheels spinning as they worked on their gumdrop patterns.

By |2010-10-24T04:20:29+00:00October 24th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Darcey October 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I love your candy activity posts. It sounds like the kids had a great time. I’ve linked to this post as well as your candy corn post on my blog,
    The candy activities are great because it really demonstrates the concepts of counting, patterning, sorting etc. the kids love the candy too so they are more likely to do the work if they know there’s a treat afterward.

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