Today we are going to start exposing the children to different types of pattern. It is good for children to see as many different pattern types as possible so that they don't form any misconceptions, for example they may think that patterns can only ever be 2 items repeating themselves. Today we will look at ABC and AABB patterns.
I would like the children to have a look at my patterns below and see if they can first describe it and then identify the unit of repeat. What do they think would come next? They could have a go at acting out some of the patterns and copying others in their circle pattern track (with 12 sections).
Your final activity is a bit of a challenge for which you will need the cutlery drawer.
Boys and girls if you have these objects then what patterns can you make?
Parents: This activity is to help them understand that they can choose to use just two types of object or all three types of object to create a pattern and the hope is that they may apply what they have noticed about the AB, ABC and AABB patterns to this challenge.
It would be great if you or a sibling could make a pattern at the same as your child. This way when 2 patterns have been created you can ask the following questions:
- how are your patterns the same?
- how are your patterns different?
- how many different patterns can you both make using 2 of the objects?
- how many different patterns can you both make using all 3 of the objects?