There are so many fun things to find in nature in every season, this activity works with or without snow on the ground! We took our own winterkids outside to have fun identifying nature patterns on a recent family trip to Northern California…
Enjoy some time together outside while working on identifying patterns and creating patterns with natural objects. This activity is great for preschool to 2nd-grade level, for either introducing the concept of patterns or for practicing and reinforcing understanding of patterns.
Little baskets to collect nature items
Collect a variety of nature items, together!
Model how to make a pattern with some of the nature items you’ve collected.
Together, create a new pattern.
Invite children to make a pattern with the items they’ve collected.
Pattern: rock – pine cone – leaf – rock – pine cone – leaf
Make more patterns! Invite children to change their pattern to make a new pattern, or make an entirely new pattern nearby.
Pattern: leaf – leaf – stick – leaf – leaf – stick – leaf – leaf – stick
Pattern: brown – yellow – green – brown – yellow – green – brown – yellow – green
Learn! Explore! Move!
WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning (GOAL) Elementary Edition:
“Cool Patterns” Mathematics 6.1 – 6.2