Patterning with hugs and kisses

We recently highlighted the letter Kk and since Valentine’s day is coming soon, we thought it would be fun to sneak in the letter K and Valentine’s day with a few hugs and KISSES…

Patterning with hugs and kisses by Teach Preschool

To start off our day filled with hugs and kisses, we read the hilarious book “Dinosaur Kisses” by David Ezra Stein…

Hugs and Kisses Tic Tac Toe by Teach Preschool

“Dinosaur Kisses” is about a little dinosaur who sets out on a journey to learn how to properly kiss someone.  Only he gets it all wrong. He chomps, stomps, butts heads, and even eats someone when he tries to give a kiss. In the end, he makes a friend that is just like him and decides his version of kissing is more fun…

Hugs and Kisses Tic Tac Toe by Teach Preschool

We used this book as a segue into our discussion on hugs and kisses or “X’s” and “O’s” with our pre-k children.  Deborah found this great set of hugs and kisses table scatter at Target or Wal-Mart a few years ago.  But this activity could easily be done with cereal, beads, or pasta of some sort.  Surprisingly, most of our children already knew that X’s and O’s commonly stand for hugs and kisses. But for those who didn’t, we did explain that O’s stand for hugs and X’s stand for kisses.  We brought out our X’s and O’s, along with our small felt boards to explore some patterns.  Each child got their own felt board and a small pile of X’s and O’s.  First the children sorted the X’s and O’x into two piles…

Hugs and Kisses Tic Tac Toe by Teach Preschool

Then each child counted up the number of X’s and O’s that they had in each pile.  We compared which of their piles had more or less.  And we talked about which child had the most or the least…

Patterning with hugs and kisses by Teach Preschool

The children then went to work on creating a pattern with their X’s and O’s…

Hugs and Kisses Tic Tac Toe by Teach Preschool

When working as a class on something like patterns, we always take time to go around the room so that we can listen to everyone’s patterns…

Hugs and Kisses Tic Tac Toe by Teach Preschool

We always start out with a simple AB pattern, or in this case, XO pattern and work our way up to something more challenging.  This was such a fun way to talk about hugs and kisses!  And in the end, we all agreed that these hugs and kisses were MUCH better than dinosaur kisses…

Patterning with hugs and kisses by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-01-25T07:00:29+00:00January 25th, 2014|

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.

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