Wondering when is the right time to introduce patterns to your toddler or preschooler? NOW is the time. Patterns are quite simple and fun as long as you keep it simple.
When you introduce patterns, start with an AB pattern which is two objects that will repeat. For example, red, blue, red, blue, red, blue. As you introduce the core pattern (the two colors used to start the pattern), repeat it three times and then ask, “what comes next?”. Whatever your choice of objects, it should be an AB pattern. You can use cars, crayons, markers, or buttons. You can even make it a movement pattern by asking your child to clap and jump.
For this pattern activity, my preschooler used unifix cubes to create patterns. Once he showed me that he had a good understanding of the concept, I gave him cards to extend the pattern with only one cube.
As he improved with patterns, I introduced pattern cards that required him to extend the pattern by using more than one cube.
Grab these cards for your next pattern activity.
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Hi, I am Odessa. I'm a mom of two wonderful children and a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Childhood Education with over 10 years of PreK and Kindergarten experience. I am a lover of all things literacy for children and their curiosity of the world. Get comfy and click around my site. I hope you find something you'll like, and something your kids will love! P.S. Akwaaba means 'welcome' :)
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