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Learning about PATTERNS through this LION-MANE making activity

by on Mar 5th, 2011

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I was browsing the net looking for ideas to teach my little kids about patterns. A lot of really cool ideas came up but I didn’t have much time to prepare for them. Moreover, the art ideas I saw were not that easy for young children to do. I wanted one that did not take too long to make but would get the point across. I didn’t want them to take too long figuring out how to do it that they forget why they were doing it in the first place.

Finally, just as I was about to lose all hope, an idea popped into mind. Why not make a lion’s mane? After all, kids just love lions and they often mention it in class.. so what better way to teach them a new concept than by using their own ideas? It’s really easy to make and the results are really fun!

What you will need

  • Construction Paper
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Face Paint (optional)
  • Rubber bands (optional)
  • Puncher (optional)

What to do:

Step 1: Cut strips of the construction paper. Each child would need at least two colors to make the basic pattern. In our case, we cut out a variety of colors and let them choose the two colors they wanted

Step 2: Cut out the center of the paper plate. This is where they would insert their faces later on

Step 3: You could also include one hole on each side of the paperplate where you could insert the rubber band/elastics later on. We opted not to use them though ‘coz the circular shape of the paperplate gets deformed for the smaller faces.

Step 4: Let the kids put glue all around the paperplate

Step 5: Let them select two colors to use for your pattern and start making the pattern. “red, blue, red, blue…”

Step 6: Once done, wait for it to dry

Step 7: Use a pencil or edge of the scissors to curl the paper for the added effect

Step 8: If you have some face paint, you could paint the kid’s noses to make them look more like lions!Just make sure you tell them how to remove it so they don’t get grossed out.

My kids had so much fun pretending to be lions and growling at everyone!

Or of course, you could always pretend these were flowers or suns! :) Let the children’s imaginations flow!


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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