These free printable St. Patrick’s Day complete the pattern pages are a fantastic preschool and pre-k math activity. They help your child notice and understand the patterns in the world around them and build skills for (eventually) using times tables, addition, and skip counting.
These pattern extension cut and place worksheets feature AB patterns, ABC patterns, AAB patterns, and ABB patterns. There are three pages so you can start with the simplest patterns and use them to develop your child’s understanding of patterns.
You can have your child practice their fine motor skills by using these pages as cut and paste worksheets or make them reusable by laminating them and using hook and loop dots. They also make a fun file folder game for St. Patrick’s Day! However you decide to use these printables, I hope your little learner enjoys them.
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How to print and use pattern preschool worksheets
- Printable pattern pages (download information is lower down in the post).
- Printer and paper
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Laminator (optional)
- Hook and loop dots (optional)
- File folder (optional)
- Tape, to make the file folder game
- Double sided tape or plain clear tape both work fine
Grab your printable PDF files. The download is lower down on the page – look for the large green rectangle that reads “click here to download your printable.”
Print your pages. I recommend 32lb bright white paper because it’s heavier duty than normal copy paper and prints nicer, brighter pictures. It’s also eco-friendly because HP produces all of their papers without deforestation. For a look at this paper in a side-by-side comparison with several other options, please visit this post on the best paper for printables.
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Next, laminate the pages if you want to make them reusable. This is optional. You can use these as a cut and paste worksheet, instead. We laminated our pages. If you want these pattern cards to be part of a classroom math center or to be used more than a time or two, laminating is a must. An at home laminator pays for itself quickly.
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Cut the bottom portion of the page off, then cut out the pattern completion tiles. I used my trusty Fiskar’s paper trimmer. Even though a guillotine-style cutter is stronger and better for laminated pages, the trimmer style is safer when little helpers are around. My Fiskar’s paper trimmer cuts through laminated pages fine – I just replace the blade every couple of months.
Unless you have an extra large folder, you’ll need to trim away the extra lamination on the top portion of the page so it fits in your folder. This is easier to do before adding hook and loop dots. You don’t need to trim away extra if you’re not making a file folder game.
Cutting the tiles by hand can be great scissor skill practice children. Just make sure to to use round-nosed scissors. We use these small Fiskars scissors for cutting activities.
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Add hook and loop dots, if you’re using them. They’re completely optional, but I like that they add a bit of extra finger strengthening when my daughter pulls them off and pushes them down. You can also use poster putty, play dough, or just place the tiles on top of the “?” square.
As you can see in the pictures, we have white dots. Clear would be better for this activity so the ? remains more visible, but we already had white from our morning board so that’s what we used.
Assemble your file folder game, if you’re using a folder. You can either use just two sheets inside your folder, make a folder for each page, or place the third page on the back of the file.
We also placed a row of dots across folder below each page, as shown above, for storing the tiles.
Use and enjoy! Continue reading below for tips on how to teach pattern activities to your child.
How to teach patterning to preschoolers
Recognizing and extending patterns is challenging work for young children. It is also very rewarding – don’t be surprised if your child suddenly starts pointing out patterns and sequences everywhere!
If your child is new to pattern activities, start with the first page with AB patterns only. Once they’ve mastered these, you can move on to the second and third pages with more challenging patterns.
I use the “I do, we do, you do” method of teaching activities. First I do the activity, pointing at each image and naming it. Then we do it together. Finally, when my daughter lets me know she’s ready, she moves on to completing the activity independently.
If your child is confused and overwhelmed by the number of choices, pull out just two or three tiles to have them make their selection.
After completing the pattern, have your child “read” the pattern aloud to reinforce it.
St. Patrick’s Day Patterning Activity Printable Download
This resource uses clipart licensed from DigitalArtsi. Thank you, Jane, for your beautiful artwork and affordable licensing.
Like all printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use. You are welcome to print and use them as many time’s as you’d like for your own children, students, Scout group, therapy clients, etc.
You are not licensed redistribute or sell the printables to others for use with their children/students. Please refer your friends and colleagues to this post so they can download their own copies.
I hope your little learner enjoys using these fun St. Patrick’s Day pattern printables! Be sure to check out these additional free printables and activities for St. Patrick’s Day while you’re here on The Artisan Life: