Making simple crayon patterns in preschool

Our Pre-k students explored the process of making simple patterns using crayons and a strip of paper…

Making simple crayon patterns by Teach Preschool

As part of our exploration of the tools we use in preschool, we spent a few minutes exploring the process of making simple crayon patterns with our pre-k age students…

Making simple crayon patterns by Teach Preschool

Each child was given a sentence strip and then invited to select two colors of crayons they wanted to work with. Before the children began, I demonstrated the process of using the two colors to make a simple AB pattern of verticle lines on the sentence strip…

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The children then went to work making their own AB line patterns…

Making simple crayon patterns by Teach Preschool

While the children worked, Mr. Hayden and I observed and found that my prek students easily understood the concept of an AB pattern and as each child finished their patterns, they brought them over and held them up so I could read aloud their pattern (red-blue) and use my hands to “clap-tap” their pattern out with them…

Making simple crayon patterns by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-09-07T06:00:41+00:00September 7th, 2013|

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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. [email protected] September 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    What you call “simple” is really very complex from a motor perspective which is what makes this activity so great. This activity encourages children to practice visual motor skills (writing the lines), eye hand coordination (marking lines with proper spacing), bilateral coordination (holding the paper with one hand marking the paper with the other hand), rhythmic timing (clapping out the pattern), crossing midline, pre writing skills, early reading skills of scanning paper from left to right and of course math skills of patterning. And one more, it makes a nice piece of artwork to hang up. Way to go!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      I love your insight and perspective on the ideas I call simple. It gets me all excited to know that we are reinforcing so many skills beyond what I see as the obvious!

  2. Tambor September 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Neat idea! What did you talk to them about during the process? Did you talk to them about patterns? How much detail?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      We talk about patterns often so when we introduced the process with the crayons, I asked the children if they could think of a way to make a pattern with the crayons. Then I showed them how I could make one by drawing on my paper. After I modeled my pattern the children caught on without a problem and while they made their patterns, I would say “I see a song coming from that pattern!” It sounds like this “blue-red-blue-red” and would tap-clap the pattern too. The children loved changing the pattern so I would have to change my song. Some of the children make aa-bb patterns as well.

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