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Color Patterns
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K
By: Debbie Haren, Preschool Teacher

To be able to make a pattern of three colors and then repeat the pattern on paper.


  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • white construction paper for every child in the class
  • marker or pen to write names on their paper


Step 1: Trace circles from the bottom of a coffee cup or something else similar in size. Trace as many circles as possible onto several different colors of construction paper. I suggest using at least 6 or 7 different colors of construction paper with circles pre-traced on them.

Step 2: Discuss with students what a pattern is and give some examples or read a book about patterns. Discuss with the children that they are going to make patterns with circles that they cut out. They may chose 3 different colors and then glue them on their white paper in the order they want. For example blue, red, and orange. Then cut out one more circle of each color they chose and then repeat the pattern on their paper. For kindergartners you might want them to repeat a pattern of 4 colors.

Step 3: After they have done their patterns and the glue has dried have each student show their pattern and name the color pattern they made. Put their names on the papers and display them in the room if you would like.

They can continue the pattern as many times as the teacher wants them to or that they have room for on their paper. The teacher might want to set a limit depending on how many circles have been traced out for them.

As always enjoy!


This is also a great lesson for listening to directions and being able to chose only the number of colors the teacher tells them, instead of as many as they want!


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