Looking for a quick patterning activity to add to your winter preschool lesson plans? These pattern cards will fit in perfectly to your preschool math center. Be sure to read how to get five different preschool math activities for winter out of this single printable!
***This post includes a FREE printable, so be sure to grab it from the end of the post.***
FREE Printable Preschool Math Activities for Winter
Winter is unusually long and gray where we live.
Sometimes really long.
And often really gray.
We live in a wide valley with mountains on three sides, so any snow that comes our way, which is not a lot anyway, gets blocks by the mountains.
I always feel like winter is more worth the cold if you can enjoy some snow while it’s here.
Or cute hats and mittens.
Or at the very least some winter themed preschool math activities. (Wink, wink).
Sometimes we get an inversion that makes even your most chipper neighbor feel a little depressed. Sometimes it drizzles for several days. When that happens all I want to do it watch Hallmark movies and eat chicken dumpling soup.
Which makes it hard to plan preschool math activities for winter, you know?
So, that’s where the inspiration for this winter theme printable came from.
But the good news is that this printable is full of bright, vivid colors, offsetting what dreariness may settle mid-winter. I adore the hand-drawn look of Kate Hadfield’s clip art. (I used the same clip art for my Winter Theme Lesson Plans and my Printable Winter Activity Pack, too).
So, be sure to grab your FREE winter theme printable at the end of the post.
Oh, and as usual, read to the end to find out all the different ways you can use this single printable in your classroom.
5 Preschool Math Activities for Winter
If you’re a regular reader, then you know how I love having a printable that will do multiple jobs. While this is a winter patterning activity, I’ll also share with your four additional ways to use this printable, beyond the straight-forward patterning work.
- Free winter patterning cards (at the end of this post)
- Colorful math manipulatives (optional)
Setting Up Your Preschool Math Activities
I like to introduce most activities like these during circle time and then add them to my math center after introducing them to the class.
Lay the patterning cards in a pile on a tray or work area. Set out the winter pictures to complete the pattern next the to cards, You can put them in a bowl or on a tray or just leave them scattered about.
I find they usually get scattered anyway, so I lay them about the work space so that my preschoolers can easily see the pictures.
Now invite your preschoolers to have some winter math fun with you!
Winter Pattern Cards Activity
If your preschoolers are unfamiliar with some of the images, first allow them to look through the pile of picture cards. They will naturally name the pictures they know and ask about the ones they don’t. (What? A wooden sled?!)
When your child is ready, invite him to select a patterning card from the pile. Have her “read” the pattern aloud by pointing to each picture in order, thus hearing the pattern, too.
Snowman, mittens, snowman, mittens, snowman…
And then invite your preschooler to search through the pile of picture cards to find the mittens card that will complete the pattern.
Some of the pictures come in a few different colors, so your preschooler will have the added challenge of finding the snowman with the red scarf and not the green, for example.
A More Challenging Winter Pattern Cards Activity
One way to make this printable more challenging for you preschoolers is to invite them to continue the pattern off the card. Disclaimer: this will also require you to print out a few more copies of the picture card pages.
To Simplify the Winter Pattern Cards
Some preschoolers, especially younger preschoolers, struggle with patterning. Make this activity simpler by having them match the picture cards under the pattern cards, thus repeating the pattern underneath. Then, have them fill in the remaining places in the pattern.
Again, this gives your preschooler lots of sorting and visual discrimination practice, but now they also have two patterns to read aloud, which means that they can hear, (and play with) the pattern twice.
More Winter Math Activities Using These Pattern Cards
While you can take this printable as face value, I always like to think up alternate ways to use my printables. Here are two more ideas!
Patterning Practice That Transfers
It’s important for preschoolers to understand the concept of patterning is something that repeats itself. It’s A, B, A, B…and not always tree, gingerbread house, tree…
One way I like to teach this to my preschoolers is by using math manipulatives and having them assign a color, for example, to each picture and make the pattern underneath the pattern card.
Then, a pattern like
Snowballs, sled, snowballs, sled, snowballs…
Is also understood as
Red, green, red, green, red…
This helps preschoolers transfer the knowledge of an AB pattern from one scenario to another.
And this set 0f winter patterning cards also include ABC patterns, too!
Use Winter Patterning Cards for Sorting
Patterning leads so nicely into sorting, as it should because they both fall under the same math domain of algebra.
The clip art images on this set of winter patterning cards is so beautiful that they’re fun use in so many different preschool math activities for winter. You can sort them into a variety of categories, but my all time favorite way to use the cards for sorting is to invite my preschoolers to sort them into categories they define themselves. I am always surprised by their creativity.
Get Your Free Winter Patterning Cards Here
Think these patterning cards are something you want to add to your preschool math center or small group preschool math activities? You can grab your own copy by clicking the image below.
But keep reading for even more winter theme printables and more preschool math activities for winter!
Want More Winter Theme Printables?
These are brand new this year! My kids tried them over the holiday break and loved them!
Just click the image to learn more.
More Printable Math Activities?
These are some reader favorites! Just click the image to learn more about how these preschool math activities will fit right into your winter theme lesson plans.
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.