As the festival of lights begins, encourage the exploration of sequencing patterns.
While children are developing their ability to discriminate between visual cues and qualities in their environment, pattern works can be a perfect extension. Patterns help children notice logical connections as they understand the differences between simple and complex patterns. They also help children make predictions and learn how to guess what will be coming next.
The foundational skill of learning patterns help children throughout their educational careers whether the topics are in reading, art, math, music, and science. Noticing patterns helps children understand their world.
Here is a list of some of our favorite pattern themed works at Montessori N’ Such:
- Lacing Sheep: Match & Color Puzzle: This lacing sheep activity provides great fine motor practice for a young toddler. The large sheep shapes make lacing easy. The inner ring of each sheep part is relate to a bead that has the same color. This is a perfect activity for allowing free exploration and guided practice once the child develops and is ready for a new challenge.
- Touch & Match Texture Board: This simple puzzle can be used with 2.5 year old children just matching the colors and feel, but can be adapted as the child grows. Once the child understands the basic lesson, add a bag and have children feel the circle in the bag and make a guess on the match just through feel. Finally, you can add a blindfold and do the entire puzzle without sight. This new sensory challenge will keep the interest and is a perfect activity for siblings or partners in the classroom.
- 1-10 Tactile Counting Stones: These counters are made of real stone. Begin by using just 1-10 stones. Young children can practice counting with their fingers. Next, add all the stones so children can match the same quantities together. If children are interested in this work but want a new challenge, you can help children make the observation that the odd and even numbers are different colors. Another extension could be to add a fine motor one to one counting element using beads. Children can also use these counting stones to do simple math problems. 5 + 6 = 11 Use beads so children can count all the beads to find the sum.