Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Patterning

Hello!

Since Halloween is over we can start planning our Christmas centers right? 

In this post I want to share with you the ways that I have created Christmas patterning centers with a few simple and inexpensive materials. I will be continuing this Christmas math series with different centers so come back to see how you can create weeks worth of math centers with little prep and without breaking the bank by re-using the same materials in other ways. 

I made a free template that you can grab in this post which you can use with any of these patterning materials. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of creating, labelling and naming a pattern. 

I made a free template that you can grab in this post which you can use with any of these patterning materials. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of creating, labelling and naming a pattern. 

These Christmas confetti shapes are perfect for little fingers to practice their patterning and fine-motor skills. The packages usually come with so many pieces that students could glue these onto the template or you could use these for crafts. 

These Christmas confetti shapes are perfect for little fingers to practice their patterning and fine-motor skills. The packages usually come with so many pieces that students could glue these onto the template or you could use these for crafts. 

I could not resist these tiny presents. They came strung together on a piece of garland (probably for decorating a miniature tree). I cut them off to use as math manipulatives in the classroom. Students will not be able to resist these shiny packages and will be begging to use them later in play. 

I could not resist these tiny presents. They came strung together on a piece of garland (probably for decorating a miniature tree). I cut them off to use as math manipulatives in the classroom. Students will not be able to resist these shiny packages and will be begging to use them later in play. 

Pompoms are a staple in any classroom and I love these because they are not only different colours but they are different sizes as well so students can really challenge their thinking of the different ways a pattern can be created. 

Pompoms are a staple in any classroom and I love these because they are not only different colours but they are different sizes as well so students can really challenge their thinking of the different ways a pattern can be created. 

These mini jingle bells are another item you might not think of to use in math centers but the colours are perfect to make patterns with and students will love the subtle sound they make. You might want to place trays around the table to ensure they have not all rolled away after the first day!

These mini jingle bells are another item you might not think of to use in math centers but the colours are perfect to make patterns with and students will love the subtle sound they make. You might want to place trays around the table to ensure they have not all rolled away after the first day!

These foam stickers with peel off backs are amazing because they are fun, colourful and can be used as manipulatives as well as stickers. Plus, they usually come in huge tubs or bags so you can afford to have students use them as stickers in other crafts as well. I like to put some out in the free art center so they can use them in whatever project they wish. It is good fine-motor practice to peel off the backs as well. 

These foam stickers with peel off backs are amazing because they are fun, colourful and can be used as manipulatives as well as stickers. Plus, they usually come in huge tubs or bags so you can afford to have students use them as stickers in other crafts as well. I like to put some out in the free art center so they can use them in whatever project they wish. It is good fine-motor practice to peel off the backs as well. 

I usually have a stock of mini erasers for every season on hand to use as math manipulatives, they are perfect for creating patterns. I have to remind students at the beginning of the year that the erasers are to be used for centers and like all center materials they are to be used properly and not to be removed from the tables. These erasers are sometimes hard to resist for little hands to try and take home or use to erase their papers with. That is why I stock up on extra erasers to give out as rewards. 

I usually have a stock of mini erasers for every season on hand to use as math manipulatives, they are perfect for creating patterns. I have to remind students at the beginning of the year that the erasers are to be used for centers and like all center materials they are to be used properly and not to be removed from the tables. These erasers are sometimes hard to resist for little hands to try and take home or use to erase their papers with. That is why I stock up on extra erasers to give out as rewards. 

Stickers are an item you may already have a lot of in your classroom. They are great for making patterns if you have sticker sheets with a lot of the same picture on them so students can find items to repeat. Students love peeling and putting on stickers so they will happily come to this center. If they are able, they can label their pattern.

Stickers are an item you may already have a lot of in your classroom. They are great for making patterns if you have sticker sheets with a lot of the same picture on them so students can find items to repeat. Students love peeling and putting on stickers so they will happily come to this center. If they are able, they can label their pattern.

To make things a bit more challenging you can put out a few of each item and see what type of patterns students can come up with. In this example you can see a mixture of both shapes and colours used to make some very unique patterns. 

To make things a bit more challenging you can put out a few of each item and see what type of patterns students can come up with. In this example you can see a mixture of both shapes and colours used to make some very unique patterns. 

I made this FREE template to use with any of the above ideas. Click the picture to be taken to the free download.  Students can use the sheet by drawing or gluing on their pattern pieces (works best for stickers, pompoms and confetti pieces) and filling out the boxes. Alternatively, the sheets can be laminated and students can use them to practice making patterns by placing the materials on top and filling out the labels with dry erase markers and then repeating the process with a new pattern. With either method you can easily assess students' understanding of patterns. 

I made this FREE template to use with any of the above ideas. Click the picture to be taken to the free download.  Students can use the sheet by drawing or gluing on their pattern pieces (works best for stickers, pompoms and confetti pieces) and filling out the boxes. Alternatively, the sheets can be laminated and students can use them to practice making patterns by placing the materials on top and filling out the labels with dry erase markers and then repeating the process with a new pattern. With either method you can easily assess students' understanding of patterns. 

For more math center ideas this set includes everything you need to review skills such as counting, skip counting, addition/subtraction, money and more! Available in English and French. 
English version 
French version

For extra addition practice, this math around the room set is perfect. It is a fun and engaging activity for the Christmas season as students hunt the room solving addition questions, completing addition puzzles and using addition to colour Christmas pictures. This set is also available in French and English. 
French version
English version

Christmas math

Stay tuned for more Christmas math center ideas.

Thanks for reading!

Penny