My First Pattern

You Will Need:

  • Two different pieces of coloured paper or card cut into even blocks or squares.

The Activity:

  • Create a simple repeating pattern on the floor using your different coloured paper squares. For example: Red Green Red Green Red Green Red Green.
  • Say the pattern aloud whilst pointing at each part of the pattern.
  • Invite your toddler to copy the sequence using their own set of paper squares, calling out the colours as they go.

Extending The Activity:

  • Create only part of a repeating pattern on the carpet, for example: blue, yellow, blue yellow, blue… Ask your child – What’s next?
  • Try an auditory version of sequencing : Clap pat clap pat clap pat
  • Encourage children to see what patterns they can find in the home

How this supports your child's learning:

This encourages children to recognise patterns in their world and encourages children to explore colours and shapes.

Phrases to introduce during the activity to support language development

  • One more
  • And then
  • What's next
  • Colours
  • Counting up
  • Counting down

Top Tip:

Start with bigger pieces of card or paper to make it easier for children to distinguish the differences.

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