Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.
- Not Messy
- 30 Minutes
- Indoor or Outdoor
You Will Need
Pencil or marker
- Cut a variety of shapes in different colors from the paper.
- Put the shapes in a pattern and provide your child with the same shapes.
- Ask your child to replicate the pattern you provided with the shapes they have in their pile.
- Instead of cutting out your own shapes you can use household items such as small toys, fruit, button (or anything else you can think of).
- Switch the process and have your child create patterns for you to replicate, and have them check your work!
How it works
Replicating a given pattern is one of the best ways to enhance logical reasoning ability at a young age. It allows children to observe, analyze and experiment. They will use these skills multiple times in their lives, and not just in math and science classes!