Jump into the fall season with these fall patterns for preschoolers with these engaging math activities specially designed for young learners.
This blog post is all about fun and effective ways to introduce important math concepts through hands-on experiences, making it perfect for the autumn season. Join us as we explore various math activities using these free autumn patterning cards while celebrating the beauty of fall.
As the leaves start to fall and autumn sets in, preschool teachers are looking for creative ways to engage their students with fun activities that fit into a fall theme.
Pattern cards are one such tool that adds seasonal fun while fostering mathematics development and problem-solving methods. Not only are these activities engaging for the students but they also support their development of early literacy and math skills.
These fall patterns for preschool fit in perfectly with our Cozy Fall Preschool Printables, too.
Teaching Patterns to Preschoolers
When it comes to teaching patterns to preschoolers, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
Preschoolers have a natural inclination towards patterns and they are able to recognize them even before they can explain what they are seeing. Therefore, it is important for teachers to encourage this natural curiosity and help develop their understanding of patterns from an early age.
This can be done by presenting children with opportunities to see, engage in, and talk about patterns. Read our guide on how to teach patterns to preschoolers, and check out our post about the best patterning activities for preschoolers. They are a part of our Daily Lessons in Patterns Lesson Plans.
Fall Pattern Cards
Fall themed pattern cards are a fun and engaging way to introduce patterns to young children. These free printable cards feature different fall-related objects such as leaves, pumpkins, and apples arranged in various patterns.
This freebie includes eight full color pages of pattern cards with five cards to each page. That’s a total of 40 pattern cards to add to your fall math activities!
There are four pages of AB patterns, and four pages of ABC patterns so you have plenty of cards to go around.
The Set Up
All you need to do to set up this activity is to print each page, cut our the pattern cards, and then place them in a pile. Put the image cards in a separate pile and get ready to teach your preschoolers how to make beautiful fall patterns!
If your preschoolers love these fall pattern cards, then they’ll also love our fall theme pattern block mats, too!
Fall Pattern Activities for Preschoolers
Using these fall themed pattern cards, you can help preschoolers identify and complete simple patterns like AB and ABC patterns.
You can also challenge them to create more complex patterns using the same set of fall picture cards that come with the set. Just print a couple of copies. This will not only keep them interested but also allow for multiple levels of difficulty suitable for different skill levels.
- Select a pattern card.
- If your preschooler is young or inexperienced, then choose an AB pattern card.
- Of your preschooler is more experienced, choose an ABC card.
- Sift through the answer cards to find the image that completes the pattern.
Fall Books for Preschoolers
Every fall theme needs excellent literature to go along with it. Here is what is in our fall-themed library.
Fall Pattern Games for Preschool
Once you have your pattern cards ready, it’s time to start creating fun and educational games for your preschoolers. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Pattern Matching
- Place a set of pattern cards in front of the child and ask them to match two or more cards that follow the same pattern. This game helps children recognize and identify patterns.
- Pattern Building
- Give the child a set of pattern cards and ask them to place them in a specific order to create a complete pattern. This activity is perfect for practicing critical thinking skills.
- Pattern Race
- Place several sets of pattern cards in different spots around the room. Ask the children to find all the cards that follow a specific pattern, and the first one to collect all the cards wins!
- Pattern Memory
- Lay out a set of pattern cards in a specific order, then ask the child to close their eyes while you remove one or more cards. The child must then identify which card is missing from the sequence.
- Pattern Art
- Let children use the pattern cards to create their own patterns on a blank sheet of paper. Encourage them to get creative and use different colors and shapes.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to using pattern cards for preschoolers.
You can even combine different activities or come up with your own games that suit the needs and interests of your students. The key is to make learning fun and engaging for young children, and pattern games are a great way to achieve that.
Remember, the more children play with patterns, the better they will become at recognizing and understanding them in everyday life.
Pattern Activities for Preschoolers
This is a super fun pack of fall patterning cards that can be added to your math center. Here are some other pattern activities for preschoolers. These are easy enough that you don’t need to prep.
- Color patterns: Identifying and creating sequences with different colors, such as red-blue-red-blue.
- Size patterns: Understanding and forming patterns based on size, like small, big, small, big.
- Shape patterns: Recognizing and crafting patterns with different shapes like circle, square, circle, square.
- Sound patterns: Picking up and repeating patterns in sounds or rhythms, such as clap-stomp-clap-stomp.
Fall Pattern Worksheets for Preschool
If you’re a prek or kindergarten teacher, you might be looking for fall patterning worksheets to use in September and October. Here are some free black and white, fall-themed patterning worksheets you can grab.
- Cut and Paste Fall Pattern Worksheets
- Fill in the Pattern Fall Worksheets
- Fall Patterning Worksheet Set
Get Your Fall Pattern Cards Here
Think your preschoolers will love these beautiful, fall-themed pattern cards? You can sue them in small groups and then add them to your fall math centers. Grab them below.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.