Patterns are fascinating. From simple to intricate, patterns are found in the world all around us. There are also patterns in literacy, science, technology, music, art, and of course numeracy. Being able to identify the repeating segment of a pattern, and predict what will come next is an important skill.
Of course, to kids – patterns are just plain fun! Here are five easy ways to play with patterns:
- Pasta patterns. Pop uncooked pasta into a ziploc bag with a squirt of vinegar and a few drops of food colouring. Jiggle around, then turn out onto paper towel to dry. Rigatoni is great for threading necklaces.
- Cutlery patterns. Tip out all those plastic spoons and forks and let your child go for it. When they are done, you can always get them to wash them up…
- Nature patterns. Collect a bunch of sticks and leaves from the backyard, and go for it! If your child is great with two elements, try extending them to three or four. What’s in your backyard? Gumnuts… macadamias… flowers… berries… barkchips… rocks…
- Peg patterns. Great for keeping toddlers busy while you hang out the washing. Start a simple A-B pattern and let them continue pegging. Blue peg, red peg, blue peg, red peg.
- Sugar sachet patterns. Don’t laugh. We play patterns with sugar sachets every time we’re at a coffee shop! Thank goodness raw sugar and white sugar come in different coloured sachets.
Do your kids enjoy making patterns? Suggest another idea below!