Home > School and Learning > By Grade > Preschool > Activities for Preschoolers > See, Touch, and Say Quilt Pattern
|

See, Touch, and Say Quilt Pattern

Purpose/Skills

  • To recognize and duplicate patterns
  • To extend patterns

Materials
Paper quilt models, 16 paper quilt squares for each child, a 4 by 4 quilt outline for each child to guide placement of quilt pieces, quilt materials such as paper stars and moons or stickers

Literature Suggestion
Read and discuss The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola, or another book that lends itself to a discussion of quilt patterns.

Vocabulary
pattern
patterns
quilt

Warm-Up
  • Ask children to talk about favorite blankets. Discuss a quilt as a blanket with patterns on it.
  • On the board, draw a quilt by making a square that has 4 by 4 sections and adding a simple pattern in the squares.
  • Ask children to help you make patterns such as circle, triangle, circle, triangle, circle, triangle, circle, triangle.
  • Call attention to the fact that when you reach the end of a row, you go all the way back to the beginning (left) of the next row. There, you can continue the pattern or you can start it over. Model both ways and discuss the different results.

Procedure

  • In small groups or at a center, show children two models of quilts and have them see, touch, and say the patterns. Show children how to make a quilt pattern by placing pieces in the sections.
  • Give children a choice of any two pictures or designs to go on the quilt squares, distribute the items, and help children attach the paper shapes or stickers to the quilt pieces. Then have children think about the quilt pattern they will make and put the pieces in place to see, touch, and say before gluing.
Enrichment
Help children explore patterns further by maintaining and refreshing a quilt center with new models and materials. Children can make patterns on 3 by 3 squares or 5 by 5 squares or rectangles, using shapes, stickers, scribbles, letters, or numbers in the sections.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child can duplicate a simple pattern, look for patterns, point out patterns to others, and explore making patterns.
  • In Process - Child participates and can generally identify and duplicate simple patterns.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child can identify patterns with help, but does not yet duplicate patterns.
|

Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

jack-o'-lantern creator

Design and print
your own
jack-o’-
lanterns!

GO

highlights

12 Pumpkin Activities and Crafts for Kids
Pumpkins and gourds are perfect for fall fun and games with the kids. Find the best pumpkin activities, crafts, printables, and recipes to enjoy with your children this Halloween season.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

15 Best Slow Cooker Meals
Too busy to cook? Try one of these deliciously easy slow cooker meals and have dinner waiting when you get home!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!