The first thing I'll share is what my kindergartners just finished up. We did shape cows and practiced our patterns. This was a project that I did last year with them as well. The one little change I made was to have them use black crayons instead of black Sharpie to outline everything, in part to reinforce the wax resist technique and also because I'm running out of Sharpies this year! I also had them make their patterns in black instead of allowing them to use colored crayons...just to change it up a bit.
Again, this is one of those projects that aligns with the Common Core Math standards...the one where kindergartners are supposed to be able to identify shapes. I didn't know this, but apparently they don't do patterns anymore in kindergarten! Patterns are supposed to be learned in Pre-K now, so this was also a good review of patterns.