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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
It’s easy to see why kindergarten students love Easter so much. There’s the mystery and magic around the Easter bunny, the multiple Easter egg hunts and of course another opportunity for your students to get their hands on a whole heap of chocolate! It makes sense, therefore, to bring some of these components into your academic work, and these Easter egg patterns (free pattern worksheets for kindergarten) are a great grab and go resource for an independent math center.
Why Pattern Recognition Matters
These Easter egg themed pattern recognition worksheets may seem like a time filler activity at first glance, but teaching your students to find patterns in data sets is actually an essential skill that underpins a whole range of subjects. For example, pattern recognition is how your students will learn their vowel teams and letter sounds in literacy, and it’s how they’ll learn their addition and multiplication math facts down the line. Pattern recognition is also an essential skill for scientific thinking and discovery, as well as finding causes and effects in historical events. It’s essential, therefore, that these cut and paste pattern worksheets form an integral part of your math center work in kindergarten.
Preparing Your Easter Egg Patterns Worksheets
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Optional: coloring tools for the black & white version worksheets
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Extension Activities For Easter Egg Patterns
These free pattern worksheets for kindergarten are simple for your students to understand. In the color version, they need to look at each set of 5 eggs and then find the missing egg based on what they see. In the black and white version, they have to study the patterns on the original eggs and you can then challenge them to color in the eggs so that the whole set represents an additional pattern. To extend their learning, try some of these activities:
Make it a scavenger hunt – turn these cut and paste pattern worksheets into an actual Easter egg hunt and watch your kids run round the classroom in delight! Simply hide multiple copies of the missing eggs, and have your students complete the Easter egg patterns by collecting the missing eggs and bringing them back to their sheet.
Describe the egg – put your students into pairs, and give one person the part of the pattern recognition worksheets that has the original set of 5 eggs. Give their partner the remaining selection of eggs and have them sit back to back. The first partner has to look at each row of Easter egg patterns and then try to describe the missing egg pattern to their partner. It’s not as easy as it sounds!
Create their own patterns – your students will likely master these free pattern worksheets for kindergarten quickly. To up the challenge, create a blank set of eggs by covering the patterns before you photocopy them. Students can then create their own designs, and will demonstrate mastery as they work out how to create an obvious pattern. For your more able students, talk to them about ABAB, AABB and ABCABC patterns so that they learn to look for more complex patterns in the rest of their academic work.
More Easter Themed Centers
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Easter Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on letters, phonics, numbers and more!
1) Easter Train Letter Strips – Fill in the next 2 letters in the alphabet. You could also use them for handwriting practice or for writing out the matching lowercase.
2) Easter Rhyming Clip Cards- 24 included
3) Easter Spin and Cover Letters – Alphabet is divided into 5 mats so this would be a great literacy center for small groups.
4) Easter Vowel Sorting – Kids will sort the eggs into the correct vowel baskets. 8 objects per vowel included.
5) Bunny Burrows Game – This game comes with a song poster and letter cards. You can use this to practice letter sounds, beginning sounds of objects, etc
6) Easter Ten Frame Mats – Use this with playdough to form the numbers + ‘eggs’ in the ten frame or you could also use real chocolate eggs for counting practice.
7) Easter Spin and Rainbow Write – Kids will spin the wheel and write the number it lands on. If it lands on the same number twice, they will use a different crayon/marker so that each number becomes a rainbow.
8) Easter Pick and Cover Numbers to 20 – Mats for 1-10, 11-20 and 1-20 are included together with the number cards. Print them out, cut into individual number cards and have your little ones learn number recognition.
9) Easter Color Clip Cards – Match the color of the Easter bunny’s egg and carrot.
10) Easter Bunny Math – 12 cards each provided for addition to 10 and subtraction from to 10 plus a recording sheet for their answers.
Other Free Easter Printables You’ll Love:
1) Easter Egg Tracing Lines – This simple preschool fine motor activity will help develop your students’ fine motor muscle strength and allow them to practice correct pencil grip.
2) Easter Bunny Sight Words – Kids will actively try to balance the egg on the spoon and fish it out of the ‘jail’. For each egg that escapes, they need to read a sight word then the egg will be safe.
3) Easter Printable Worksheets Pack – 50 pages of free Easter-themed printable worksheets for kids including a variety of literacy, math, and fine motor activities.
4) Easter Egg Patterns – A colorful Easter activity to teach the early math skill of recognizing patterns.
5) Count The Bunnies 1-10 – Kids will surely have a hop-py time counting up to 10 bunnies in a line.
6) Bunny Burrows Game – Really fun small group or circle time game that works on learning letter sounds.
7) Bunny Spin and Cover (Numbers 1-5) – This simple number recognition printable is great fun for preschoolers and just in time for Easter!
8) Bunny Carrot Match-Up – Your preschooler will love this numbers and colors matching activity with an Easter Bunny theme!
9) Bunny Addition to 10 – Your preschooler can practice doing some addition to 10 sums using the adorable bunny number slider that comes with the worksheet.
10) Easter Bunny Simple Sums Addition & Subtraction – This Easter Bunny math activity helps students solve basic sums by having a visual representation they can use to count, instead of just numbers.
Easter Themed Tools For Your Classroom:
Browse My Most Popular Math Printables:
1) Parking Cars Tracing Lines – More than 10 different tracing line patterns to choose from, all of which help with pencil control.
2) Scarecrow Arrange By Size – 3 different scarecrow-themed image sets that they will arrange from smallest to biggest.
3) Bumblebee Addition Game – Solve the sum and help the bee land on the correct flower!
4) Farm Shapes Mats – Use playdough, pompoms, stickers etc to learn 2D shapes.
5) Popsicle Stick Number Formation – Kids will love forming the numbers 1 to 10 when ice cream and popsicles are involved!
8) Counting Colorful Bugs – This printable book will help kids count to 10 while also learning about color words.
9) Humpty Dumpty Numbers – In this printable game, your students will practice number recognition using 1 dice or simple addition when using 2 dice.
10) Build A Number Santa – Match the number to the correct number word, tally mark and domino to form a Santa Claus
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