Teaching Patterns

patterns1Here is a fun way to teach patterns to your kids. It is also a great way to keep the little ones busy while you home educate your older children (just don’t expect the wee little ones to actually make patterns.)

First you will need to print out rows of squares on card stock. I made mine in a word document.

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Next, color in the squares to form different patterning sequences.

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For little ones, keep the patterns simple (A-B-A-B) and fill in all the colors so all they have to do is match up the colored manipulative to the colored square.

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As their skill level improves you can leave the last few squares blank so that your kids have to complete the pattern on their own. (Of course I forgot to take a picture of this one.)

Tape several sheets together for longer, more challenging patterns.

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And leave a few sheets blank so kids can create their own patterns!

*This activity can be modified to fit your child’s interests by switching out the manipulatives you use for making patterns. (Some ideas are legos, fruit loops, M&M’s, colored bears, pom-poms, colored noodles etc.)

*You can also vary the age level of this activity by changing up the patterns from a simple A-B-A-B pattern to a more complicated A-B-B-C-A-B-B-C pattern and so forth.

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