One great way to build thinking skills in preschoolers is by creating patterns! This week, I introduced the concept of patterns to Owen (turned 3 in May) for the first time.
We made patterns with objects from nature – leaves from our yard and vase filler stones. (Rocks that can be found in our area are mostly limestone and sandstone – not round and not as much fun to hold! Vase filler stones are fun to play with.)
Owen can handle an “AB” pattern like “rock, leaf, rock, leaf.” Saying the pattern out loud while pointing to the objects helps him find any errors.
Gresham (age 5) made this pattern: big leaf, small leaf, rock, big leaf, small leaf, rock. (His toy lizard is watching!)
We also like to make patterns with linking cubes and by making sounds with our bodies. We came up with a list of sounds that we could make – clicking tongue, clapping hands, patting lap, snapping fingers. Then we made patterns with those sounds!
Patterns are foundational for mathematical thinking!