Patterning a garden

Spring is finally here!  And though our weather outside may not yet reflect it, warmer weather is on its way.  With warmer weather brings planting seeds and tending to gardens.  We created colorful patterns in our gardens…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

Our gardens were made out of just a few materials that we had around the classroom.  Our foam square “flowers” were leftover from our four seasons on the sticky table activity that we shared with you yesterday.  You’ll also need paper, crayons, and glue for this activity…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

By this time in the school year our children are very familiar with patterning.  It seems as if we can turn just about any set of items into a pattern.  During this activity, most of our children started out making a simple AB pattern, alternating one color then another…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

Once the children finished their patterns, they called either Deborah or I over so they could share their creation with us.  Deborah and I listened intently as the children recited their patterns to us.  Some of our children are ready to move on to more difficult patterns such as ABB, AABB, or ABC patterns.  We encourage those children that are ready to give us a more challenging pattern.  For the children that didn’t quite have a true AB pattern, we worked with them to create one…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

I’ve discovered that some children who make their own version of a pattern may truly have an understanding of how patterns work, but are simply bored with AB patterns.  When I see this happening, I simply encourage the child to try a more difficult pattern.  Sometimes the pattern they choose to create is also just a natural reflection of the child’s creativity…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

After the children finished their patterns, they turned them into a flower garden.  The green crayons were used to create the stems of the flowers…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

The children then glued on their square “flowers.”  Some chose to keep their patterns in place, while others decided to add all of the colors to their gardens…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

This little guy mentioned that his garden was for his mommy and that it was all roses and one dandelion…

Patterning a Garden by Teach Preschool

This fun, hands-on math activity has me thinking about patterning in my own flower garden.  Now if only the weather would cooperate…

Patterning a garden by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:

Making apple patterns in preschool by Teach Preschool 

Pattern towers for preschoolers by Frugal Fun for Boys

Pattern lesson by No Time for Flashcards

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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.


  1. LeeAnn Veinotte March 22, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Interesting bottles of glue, where did you purchase them? We have the standard Elmers in the bottles and honestly, they are very hard to squeeze out. The children have a hard time opening them, and then if they do nothing comes out. Can glue get old? I always buy it on sale in the Fall.

  2. Deborah @ For The Love of Learning March 22, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I think this idea is so adorable! Thank you for sharing. I just created a post on my blog the other day about using mini dollar store erasers to create patterns. Just wanted to share my idea with you too! 🙂 -Deborah @ For The Love of Learning

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your patterning activity! Off to check it out Deborah!

  3. What a great Spring activity! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing.

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