Do you have a set of bear counters? Even if you don’t, you can use these 25 free pattern strips with your preschooler!
Bear counter pattern strips for preschoolers
Last week I printed a set of free bear counter pattern strips that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. As it turned out, most of the set was too challenging for my Four, and he quickly became frustrated. So I made my own!
I made five strips for each pattern. This way my Four would gain comfort and confidence with each pattern. I started with the simplest: ABAB.
AABBAABB was pretty easy as well.
AABAAB made him think a little bit more.
Here’s a set of ABBABB strips.
Finally, I created a set of ABCABC cards.
When he heard that I had more pattern strips for him, my Four’s first response was, “I’m not doing those!” But when he saw that I had cut them apart, laminated each strip, and put them on a metal ring, he was intrigued.
“Do you want to take these in the car on the way to pick your sister?”
It was so fun to hear his high little voice from the back seat. “Red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow, RED!” And “BLUE green green, BLUE green green, BLUE!”
I was satisfied with my Four’s pattern practice in the van and decided not to push it by asking him to do the strips again for a picture ;). My oldest son, however, was happy to oblige after he returned home from his first morning at kindergarten.
If you don’t have counting bears, no problem! The last page of the printable has some bears you can cut out to use for completing the patterns.