Learning about math patterns is one of the requirements prior to entering kindergarten. When teaching young children about patterns it is best to explain to them the concept and follow with a concrete example. I begin by telling them that a pattern is a sequence that repeats itself. My example in class is: "boy, girl, boy, girl. Now what should come next?"
Introduce patterns with a sequence of two and then slowly build up to sequences of three and more.
Preschoolers who master the understanding of math patterns are able to:
1. Recognize patterns
2. Create patterns
3. Transfer the concept from one medium to another (e.g. body patterns, drawing patterns, building patterns).
Look for patterns around the house. Does your carpet have a pattern? Perhaps the bedspread or the curtains. When you find a pattern say it out load. "Blue stripe, white stripe, blue stripe, ..."
You can create a word pattern. Begin with two words such as: "Mommy, daddy. Mommy, daddy." Later, add a third word: "Mommy, daddy, me. Mommy, daddy, me."
You need a number of people to make this pattern. We play it in class everyday. When the children sit down in a circle, they make a pattern of: "Boy, girl. Boy, girl..." You can do the same at home with stuffed animals or with objects that are big and small.
Use your body to create patterns. For example: "Clap, stomp. Clap, stomp." Or "Clap, clap, snap. Clap, clap, snap." The options are endless and the more creative you are the more fun it will be for your child.
Using beads you can create a pattern in a necklace or bracelet.
Use Lego or other building blocks to create patterns.
If your child loves drawing, then let them draw a pattern. It can be triangles and circles, or red flowers, purple flowers.....
This is a great silly pattern to dance along to with your child: