This simple little activity is not only fun, but it can be used as a way to assess your students’ ability to create a pattern.

Supplies Needed:

  • Shirt Pattern Worksheet (1 per child)
  • buttons (a variety that is suitable for pattern making)
  • glue (in cups with brushes-optional)
  • construction paper (1 piece per child)
  • scissors

Directions:

Print out the “Shirt Pattern” worksheet for each child. Provide a variety of buttons. Depending on the age of your students and the time, you can have the buttons presorted or have the children do that. Instruct students to make a pattern on the front of the shirt using the buttons. Once their pattern has been checked by an adult, provide some glue (I like to put liquid glue in a cup and have the children brush the glue on items for less mess and waste). Students can then color their shirts making more patterns by drawing horizontal or vertical lines with varying colors. Another fun idea would be to use small stamps or stickers to create designs on the shirt. Once dry, have students cut out their shirts and paste onto the front of a folded piece of construction paper for a cute Father’s Day card.