Thursday, May 3, 2012


{FREE} Printable: Pattern Trains

I am so excited to share a free preschool printable with you today: Pattern Trains!  

My boys and girls had tons of fun matching patterns with candy (we used M&M's) and even building their own patterns with these colorful trains. 

 The printable includes a page with two repeating colors (pictured above), a page with three repeating colors, and a page with blank trains so you and your child can build your own patterns!

Younger children can match colored candy to the colors on the trains and older children can predict the next color in the sequence and fill in the missing circles with candy.  You can also count the cars, count by multiples, or fill in the blank trains with letters.  The possibilities are endless! 

Patterns help develop early observation, critical thinking, math, and even pre-reading skills! 

Building them on trains is more fun for everyone!

Feel free to share this with your friends and blogging buddies, but please link back to this post and not the actual file!  Thanks so much!  Also, I would love to hear from you if you use this with your children--you're welcome to email me, leave a comment here, or even share a picture on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!

Happy Educating, Carla


Cherry said...

Excellent post.

Preschool Toowoomba

Shannon said...

My three year old son just came in and saw the trains on the screen and got all excited. Thank you for a great website :)

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Cherry!

Shannon, That is so cool! I love that excitement!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog!

Cacheymama said...

I love this idea! I am always struggling for an idea to make patterns fun for kids as it is one of our Head Start objectives. Thanks for sharing the idea for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

Cassie said...

I love this! My girls will love doing it!

Helen Handley said...

Fun, my kids will enjoy this. Thanks for sharing! Popping by from the TGIF links party. Http://

Marla said...

That is so cute! Thanks for sharing your creation!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Lori, I'm glad you can use it! Thanks for hosting Thinky Linky!

Cassie, That's wonderful! Thanks for letting me know!!

Helen, It always amazes me how many kids love trains!

You bet, Maria!

Lauren said...

This is great. We are trying to work on patterns with Bug and she just loves trains! Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party!

Earning-My-Cape said...

I love this! I've been working on patterns with my five year old lately. I love the trains!

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What great activities you've shared for these printables. Megan

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Lauren, I love how universal trains are--I have boys and girls who just love them!

Susie, Thanks for coming by! I don't think you can get too much exposure to patterns!

Thanks, Megan!

Samantha said...

This is so great! Going to print these and laminate first chance I get. My train crazy boys are going to love these. And bonus - candy? They'll think this is the coolest thing ever. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Annette Whipple said...

Thanks so much!

Beth ( said...

Love this! I featured it this week on TGIF - - Thanks for linking up. I look forward to seeing you again this week,
Beth =-)

dcot said...

My son is having such a hard time with patterns... he LOVES trains and LOVES M&Ms so this is just PERFECT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!