Why is patterning important for your child?

September 2, 2008

Can you see a pattern on a snake?Patterning skills can be defined as “the ability to copy, extend, and create patterns.” “Why is patterning important?” The answer is because it helps to build higher-level thinking skills. To extend a pattern, a child must first review the already existing pattern and then figure out what will come next. This requires a great deal of thought! Creating an original pattern requires even more thought. Patterning is a great way to help young children develop strong thinking and problem-solving skills. It also helps to
develop a strong foundation for mathematics.

We have just introduced patterning skills to the children this week and here is a list of activities we do to help the children learn patterning skills:
- painting animal patterns; snakes, zebras, fish, etc.
- cloth pattern designing
- beads stringing
- clapping game
- pattern stamping