A while ago the kids made Paper Pattern Snakes and they were a big hit. Recently, when the twins came home from school with snakes they made with pipe cleaners and random colored beads, I got inspired. We had all the supplies we needed to make the snakes at home, but I thought I could sneak in some learning and have the kids only use two colors of beads and create a pattern.
You will need:
- Pipe cleaner (we used green but you can use any color since you won't see it under the beads.)
- Beads in two colors (or more depending on the age of the child and how complex a pattern you want to make)
- Small jingle bell
- Red and green construction paper
- Black marker
Ask your child what 2 color beads they want for their snake and place the beads in a cup. Explain that they will be making a pattern snake by placing the beads on the pipe cleaner to form a pattern.
Little C loved making her pattern snake. She has not figured out patterns yet, but she loves doing what her big sisters are doing. If you have younger ones, you can give them multi-colored beads for their snake and just focus on the fine motor workout they will be getting.
B was happily making her pattern when I noticed she had placed two yellow beads next to each other. When I suggested she check her pattern she pointed to each bead saying "yellow, pink, yellow, pink" until she discovered the two yellow beads. She was then able to correct her work.