paper chains

Which colour is a given link in the chain?

Coloured paper

Glue or sticky tape

Prep time: 5 minutes

Activity time: 10 minutes


In small groups, get each maker to choose a different coloured paper.

Tell your makers to cut their paper into strips and take turns adding a link to a chain to make a repeating pattern.

After five minutes, get the groups to swap their chains with another group, who must spot the pattern being used.

A pile of paper chains made from linking small strips of colour paper.

Build on this

Get the other group to continue the pattern they think the first group used on the chain.

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