This is a simple activity using natural materials in which children will have a chance to practice creating their own patterns. Click here for detailed instructions.
Skills: creating patterns (early geometry skills)
Natural materials (leaves, sticks, pinecones, flowers, etc.)
Trays and bowls/baskets to set up
Setting up the Activity (COVID-19 precautions):
This activity requires minimal set-up and uses materials that you likely have available in your yard. To help children maintain social distancing, you might consider setting this up on individual trays, so children can work individually on their own patterns. Children can also work on this activity outdoors.
If your program is still remote, this activity can also be done over a screen. To set this up, you can work with children to build patterns as a group. Ask children what item should come next, and let them lead the way as you set up the pattern so that they can see it over the camera.