I always start the beginning of Grade 1 with pattern activities.
My goal is always to keep things as simple and effective as I can.
This activity fits the bill perfectly!
Before we begin working with any manipulatives, though, I always give the children 10 to 15 minutes to play with the materials.
This is really important with any grade, but especially with primary students, because as soon as you introduce something new they want to play with it.
I love all the beautiful designs my kids made!