Patterns are things that repeat in a logical way. Patterns can be made from shapes, images, numbers, or even natural phenomena. For example, every morning the sun rises and every night the sun goes down. As children understand patterns, they become able understand what comes next, make logical connections, and use reasoning skills.
Patterns can take many forms. A basic pattern is the ABAB pattern. An example of an ABAB pattern is big, little, big, little. Another basic pattern is AABB. An example of an AABB pattern is red, red, blue, blue, red, red, blue, blue.
This post shares 7 patterning activities I have done with QBoy to help him learn about patterns.
Big and little buttons
I pulled some big and little buttons out of our bucket of buttons and started an ABAB pattern on a strip of paper. I left extra buttons on the tray and QBoy had to identify the pattern and then finalize it with the remaining buttons.
I used some colored plastic beads we have to start several patterns on chenille stems. QBoy then took the beads from the tray to complete the patterns.
I started several patterns on strips of paper using our jewel stickers. QBoy found the appropriate jewels to complete the patterns.
Patterning with penguins
I prepared a penguin patterning activity using pictures of penguins with their flippers either up or down. Grandmum helped QBoy recognize the AABAAB pattern and complete the strip.
Jumbo chain colors
We own a large bag of jumbo counting links that were perfect for creating some colored patterns. Plus, hooking the chains together improves fine motor skills.
Patterning with pattern blocks
We own these versatile wooden pattern blocks, and QBoy had a chance to practice patterning based on shapes and colors.
More resources for teaching math
More math activities from Gift of Curiosity:
- Building a 3D rainbow measurement activity
- Advanced sorting with Venn diagrams
- Adding with chain links
- Matching and ordering by size
- Teaching combinations of 10
- Estimating an apple’s circumference
- Introduction to probability
- Math practice with numbered dice
- Put the numbers on the clothesline
- Road numbers
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