Let’s Make a Pattern!

Description:

Making a repeating pattern with objects in the home

Advice & Suitability

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Materials Required

  1. Loose parts (materials/items you can find in the home) – e.g.
    1. buttons,
    2. pegs,
    3. sticks,
    4. stones,
    5. leaves,
    6. lego pieces,
    7. small blocks,
    8. cutlery,
    9. beads,
    10. marbles,
    11. shells etc. (two of each item)
    12. paper, (optional)
    13. crayons, (optional)
    14. textas, (optional)
    15. pencils (optional)

Preparation

Create a ‘loose parts box’ – Collect loose parts (items, objects) in the home – indoors and outdoors including items that are the same.

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Using your loose parts box, create an ABABAB pattern with the loose parts.
  2. Have your child copy the pattern or make the same pattern with different items from your loose parts box.
  3. Have your child extend the pattern: ask your child “What do you think comes next?”
  4. Play a guessing game – have your child close eyes and take a part of the pattern away – ask “what part is missing?”
  5. Repeat game and take different parts of the pattern away.
  6. Make a different pattern and repeat steps.
  7. Add a challenge – increase the difficulty: make ABBABBA, ABCABC patterns.
  8. Encourage your child to create the same type of pattern using different items.
  9. Encourage your child to create their own pattern and describe it.
  10. Encourage your child to draw their pattern.

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • Let’s make a pattern
  • Tell me about your pattern. Describe it.
  • What do you think comes next in your pattern?
  • What do you think is missing from the pattern?
  • I wonder what else we can find to make a pattern?
  • This is a ABABAB pattern (use labels for the pattern of the loose parts – e.g. ‘red button, block, red button, block’).
  • This is a ABBABBA pattern (use labels for the pattern of the loose parts – e.g.’stone, stick, stick, stone, stick, stick’).

Extend the Experience

  • Making lots of different types of patterns with different items and objects.
  • Looking for patterns in nature – going on a pattern hunt.
  • Looking for patterns in the home – going on a pattern hunt.
  • Take photos of patterns in nature.
  • Using digital technology (e.g. mobile phone, computer) to search for examples of patterns in nature and human made forms in our environment.
  • Drawing patterns with lines and shapes.

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

Being physically active by walking around the house, inside and outside to look for loose parts.

Early Years Learning Framework

Outcomes

  1. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
  2. Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
  3. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

Principle

Principle 3: High expectations and equity. Children progress well when they, their parents and educators hold high expectations for their achievement in learning.

Practice

Practice: Intentional teaching. Intentional teaching is deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful. They use strategies such as modelling and demonstrating, open questioning, speculating, explaining, engaging in shared thinking and problem solving to extend children’s thinking and learning.

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