Of the many play way methods that we use at home , 'pattern' play is very interesting and a hot favorite of all of us. We play it so often that now my 3 year old has the habit of trying to point out different shapes from a given picture that usually goes unnoticed and my 2nd grader has the habit of forming new words following a definite pattern, almost all through the day.
Here are some of the pattern activities that we enjoy :
Open ended Pattern Activity : This can be done with whatever's handy . You can give your children a box of match sticks or craft sticks and ask them to make any pattern of their choice. One particular open ended pattern activity that my daughter loves is filling an empty glass with alternate layers of white and colorful stones.
Pattern Puzzle : Draw some common shapes alternately. Leave a blank in between. Ask your little one to fill in the gap with the appropriate shape. Or you can draw multiple shapes within one big shape and ask your child to find how many shapes she can spot. These are ideal for preschoolers. If your child is a little older, you may do the 'find the odd one out' activity. For example, give him a group of words like stars, moon, galaxy and waves- ask him to find the word that doesn't follow the pattern of the other words.
Lego Fun: We take turns to make different patterns with Lego blocks. While, I opt for the easy ones like simple towers, my son likes to create a full 'scene' with colourful lego blocks, eg a boy, ready to dive into his swimming pool or a garden with swings and slids etc. whereas my daughter chooses all the pink blocks and usually ends up making a big pink square.
Pattern walk : Take a black or green tape and make a maze or a web or any shape of your choice. Now, ask the kids to walk along that pattern . It's fun and great for developing body balance, gross motor skill and improving concentration too.
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Spelling Activities : My students and my son love this particular activity wherein, I ask them to make words following a particular pattern within a given time frame. For example, I ask them to form words that start with 'ch' or words that end with 'tion' etc and set the timer. The one who makes the maximum number of words . This is a great way to improve their spelling, increase their word bank and ofcourse a good alternative to gadgets.
Other than these activities, we follow patterns through music and rhyme or when climbing the steps and counting them. I am really hooked on todeveloping different kinds of pattern activities for my children. Such activities hone the logic reasoning skills of the children, preparing them for advanced mathematical lessons that will come their way in the higher classes and also, will help them in setting a certain order in life, in the long run.
If there are any other pattern activity that your kids love, please share it with us.
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