This week I’ve been working to find math connections for the letter T. I created this truck clip art and turned it into printable pattern cards for preschool and kindergarten. I have a truck pattern card pack for you to download if you’d like! Zip to the end of this post for the link.
Printable Pattern Cards (and more!)
Here are the pictures your child will be using to complete and/or create patterns:
My mom’s artistic genes completely bypassed me and went to my four younger siblings, so creating these trucks took way too much time using shapes in MS Word.
Please just tell me they are cute.
First I had my Two (he’s almost three) help complete simple ABAB patterns. If you’re unfamiliar with this way of naming patterns, each letter stands for a new shape or picture. In this case, “A” was fire truck and “B” was dump truck. The pattern was fire truck-dump truck-fire truck-dump truck. I asked what came next. He chose the semi truck. 🙂 Despite a few more tries, he wasn’t getting it. So we set it aside for another time. Instead, patterns became the math focus for my Four.
The tiny cards can be used to create your own patterns or to complete these ten pattern strips. In this set of 10 strips you will find:
4 ABAB pattern strips
3 AABB pattern strips
3 AAB pattern strips
My bigger kids both enjoyed using the strips. But one advantage to making your own patterns with the tiny cards is that you can make longer patterns. Here is a suggestion for patterns that you might want to make for your child, progressing from easy to hard:
The last part of my pack is these two worksheets which could be used at home or in a classroom. I prepared them in grayscale for printing and photocopying. The level 1 worksheet is ABAB patterns. My Four had no trouble finishing the patterns, but he needed help cutting out the trucks at the bottom of the page.
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The level two worksheet includes more complex patterns. My daughter (almost six) breezed through it.
I hope you’re able to use these! If you share, be sure to link to this blog post and not the pdf file. Thank you!
In the download you’ll find:
pages 2 -3: pattern strips
pages 4-5: tiny pattern cards
pages 6-10: large pattern cards
pages 11-12: worksheets