Smiling like Sunshine: Learning about Patterning - 100 Days of Play

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Learning about Patterning - 100 Days of Play

Today we're excited to be taking part in the 100 Days of Play blog hop organised by Sun Scholars & Life at the Zoo. It features 100 bloggers from around the world sharing different play based activities over 100 days! Each activity offers a simple & fun idea for you to share quality time together with your kiddos.

There are patterns everywhere in the world and recognizing these patterns develops cognitive development. Patterning is a very important skill to learn because there are patterns in maths,literacy and science as well. There are many opportunities to help develop this skill in a playful way.

Derin (40 months) is just starting to understand the concept of patterning.
He is a very musical child so I encourage him to create some musical and movement  patterns. Clap your hands, tap your knees, clap your hands,tap your hands etc. He absolutely loves it.






For younger children, it is good to start with easier patterns such as A B A B etc and as they get older, you could create A B C  A B C   or  A A B A A B  patterns, or even more complex ones depending on the child's interest. I start a pattern and then encourage my Derin to complete it. After a couple of minutes I let him explore the shapes and create his own patterns.

Anything can be used to create the patterns, legos, beads, shells, legos, pebbles, stones, tesellation patterns anything that your child is interested in. You could also encourage them to create patterns while they are doing some arts and crafts.
Children enjoy this kind of play because it fulfills their need for order and develops their mathematical mind.

                                       100 Days of Play Blog Hop
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