Arthurlie Family Centre

Explore Patterns, Grow a Math Brain


There are many natural opportunities for pattern play with children in everyday activities.

In nursery the children were engaged in a pattern game on the smartboard. “I know the next shape. It’s a triangle.” The children repeated the pattern during the game helping their friends with the next shape or colour in the sequence.

The children then used plastic coloured monkeys to explore patterns. “That’s a purple monkey then its green next.”

Things to try at home

Finding Patterns Children often identify repeating patterns naturally occurring in their environment such as stripes on a shirt (red, yellow, blue; red, yellow, blue).

Creating Patterns. Encourage your child to create patterns by arranging coloured blocks, crayons, different sized objects, or stringing beads and more. You can also invite them to create patterns in their physical movements such as “jump, jump, clap; jump, jump, clap.”



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