Patterns are everywhere; in nature, art, music, literature, even in things already constructed. When we teach children patterns we gave them a sense of order and also, we help them build important foundations for later number work. Creating, identifying, naming and talking about patterns help build a strong knowledge of math. Mathematicians affirm that patterns are the heart of math. The skill of recognize and create patterns help the child make predictions based on observations. When the child understands patterns, he is prepared to learn more complex math concepts and operations. Also, while the child is learning patterns he is building important foundations for future learning.
- Paint of different colors
- Plain white paper
- The child will use the marshmallows with paint to make patterns.
Scooping and pouring patterns
- Clear bottle
- Rice of different colors (in a plastic bag put the rice, food coloring and vinegar. Let it dry and you will have rice of colors)
- The child will put in the bottle scoops of different rice colors and he will create a “pattern bottle”.
Complete the patterns
- The child will paste in the empty space of each line pattern the correct next object or animal.
- 3 Pipe cleaners per student
- Heart beads
- The child will have 3 pipe cleaners. He/ she will create 3 different pattern lines. Finally, they will close the pipe cleaners as a heart and give them to someone.
Activity 5 – Eco Material
Let’s create our own pattern
- Different recycled materials (I used; caps, wool, aluminum and pom poms)
- Cloth pins
- The student will create a pattern with the recycled material (they will paste them in the cardboard). Then, he/she will paste the material they choose for the pattern in the cloth pins. Then, the student is going to put the cloth pin matching the correct material of the pattern they made.