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Patterns Everywhere



Materials:

photos of patterns in buildings (parking lots, decks)
wrapping paper with patterns
paper strips
scissors
markers
magazines and catalogs



Instructions:

1. With the children, look for simple AB patterns in the photos and wrapping
paper.
2. Look for patterns at school and in the classroom. Patterns can be found
everywhere: brick-space-brick-space, glass-trim-glass-trim, coat space-wood
divider-coat space-wood divider, and so on.
3. Encourage the children to make patterns using blocks, other children (tallshort,
girl-boy), letters, numbers, anything and everything!
4. Expand the pattern to AABAAB and other fun, child-led patterns.
5. Have the children create patterns using pictures from catalogs and
magazines or draw a pattern using markers on strips of paper.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Numbers

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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