Free Valentine's Popsicle Patterning Packet This article provides fun and playful popsicle patterning activities. Integrated…
Free Valentine’s Heart Sucker Patterning Slide Deck
This article includes a Valentine heart sucker patterning slide deck. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
It’s time for patterning! And what better way to get kids excited about participating in pattern activities than to tie it to a Valentine’s theme.
The Valentine’s Heart Sucker Activity Packet is for parents, therapists, teachers and professionals to use at home and in therapy sessions to help kids with their patterning skills.
Introducing patterning activities to a child’s routine is important for many areas of learning development and growth as they begin to read, write and process information in the classroom.
Pattern activities help children know and understand how things change and how things happen over time. Patterns are often repeated in a logical way through numbers, shapes, objects or pictures. Introducing pattern activities to a child’s routine gives them the opportunity to make predictions and know what comes next.
Kids who participate in pattern activities have:
- Stronger visual motor skills
- Reasoning skills
- Better sequencing skills
- Higher probability of knowing what comes next in stories and math problems
- The ability to make logical connections
Because we use patterns every day, activities can also help prepare kids for real life. Many times, we ask kids to perform tasks or follow directions. Toddlers typically can only complete one task at a time, but as they grow older, we can add more steps for them to follow. Simple patterns can be learned over time as we add more steps to a certain task. For example, we may ask a child to take off their shoes when they come home. As their patterning skills develop, we can then add on to that one task. “Please take off your shoes, put them in your closet and hang up your coat.”
All of these patterns in our daily lives help prepare kids for coming up with solutions to problems.
Valentine’s Heart Sucker Activity Packet
Many patterns are first introduced to kids in the A-B-A-B pattern. However, this slide deck provides a different type of patterning challenges. Because the patterns are on a slide deck (mobile or desktop device), the child must visually process the pattern from the device and copy that same pattern on a flat surface. In this activity packet, we use heart suckers for Valentine’s Day, but you can also use spoons and forks.
The child must place the suckers on the table or flat surface in the same pattern as displayed on the screen. This is a great tool for determining if children are visually processing information from the chalkboard and can get it onto their paper. It is also a good way to know if the child has strong enough motor skills to not only use their visual system, but also their head, shoulders, arms and hands to place the patterns correctly.
To strengthen a child’s motor skills, try the Valentine’s Gross Motor slide deck here.
Downloading the Slide Deck
The Valentine’s Heart Sucker Activity Packet is a free google deck that you can download to your google drive. The slide deck can be used by therapists, parents and educators for kids who need extra support with visual skills, patterning and executive functioning. Exercises are meant to be fun and playful. Use these activities in your online sessions or in your in-person therapy practice.
To download a copy of this free Valentine’s slide deck, enter your email address in the form below.
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