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Fingerplays and active songs such as Patty Cake and Open Them, Shut Them introduce children to simple song patterns. Continue to build their pattern awareness with related art activities.
Read and enjoy the bright illustrations in books such as Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris. Look through the book several times to find patterns on the fish, in the water, and around the borders of the pages. Here are some patterns to try.
Body patterns. Sit with classmates in a circle on the floor. Think of patterns to make with your bodies. Try arranging yourselves around the circle in patterns such as sit, sitting, standing or kneeling, standing, standing.
Sound patterns. Think of sounds you can make such as tongue clicks, handclaps, finger snaps, or feet stamps. List the sounds on a white board with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers or Dry Erase Crayons. Put them together to make body sound patterns, such as click, stamp, stamp, clap.
Color patterns. Make a pattern using two colors on a dry erase board. Erase. Make a pattern with three colors. Try one with four colors.
Shape patterns. How can you make squares, triangles, diamonds, or ovals into patterns? What about stars, hearts, and circles? Start with two shapes. Erase. Try three shapes. See how many shapes you can use in one pattern!
Alphabet patterns. Use any two letters, maybe your initials, to write a pattern on your dry-erase board. Try another pattern with one or two more letters. Choose your favorite letter pattern. Erase all the others. Write the letter pattern at the top of your dry-erase board. In the middle, make the same pattern using colors. Now use shapes to make the same pattern at the bottom of the board.
When you see a pattern from now on, surprise your friends and family when they hear you say, "Look at the ABCCD pattern on that wallpaper!"
Tell a story using only shapes with an interactive class activity.
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