Create a delicious pattern!
Using candy or food during a math lesson can be a great way to gain a child’s interest in math. It allows them to use real world materials (candy in this case) to creating and extending patterns while practicing sorting and counting. All of these skills can easily be transferable to the classroom for circle time and worksheets. Whether at home or in the classroom, this activity will surely engage children with the sweet treat it offers!
🍭Sweet Alternative: Have an allergy or can’t have food in the class? Use bear counters, which are just as adorable and available at classroom supply stores.
📊 Can You Graph It? Older children will love to graph all of their bears and see which color has the most - another great skill to practice!
➕Introduce Math: Gummy bears and bear counters are a great way to introduce the concept of addition and subtraction to young children - take this opportunity to explore!
For this activity you will need:
1 package of gummy bears (with red, orange, yellow and clear)
Free printable included here
Colored pencils/crayons/ markers
Extending and describing patterns
Print out our free gummy bear pattern printable and start the conversation with your child(ren) around the colors they see and any patterns they notice.
Cut out the pattern cards and lay them out along with a handful of gummy bears in front of the child.
Encourage them to use the gummy bears and place them on top of the corresponding bears in the printable, saying the colors out loud.
Once they fill up one pattern strip encourage them to continue the pattern. Once you have all the cards filled up with gummy bears, snack on a few - the best part!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Older preschoolers will enjoy making their own patterns. See how complex they can make them with the blank bear template we included for them to color.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Practice the names of the colors first. Once they nail those skills, begin to have them match the gummy bears from the table to their sheet - this may be challenging enough for them!
How many bears are there in the first pattern card?
Do you notice any patterns in our classroom/home?
How many red bears do we have in our pile?
Can you create your own pattern using the gummy bears?
If you have 4 gummy bears on this card and I take away 1, how many do you have now?