Patterning is an important skill for preschoolers…it helps their cognitive development by encouraging them to visually discriminate the differences between 2 (or more) objects, order them according to a pattern, and predict what will come next.
Even though we typically think of making patterns with colors, patterns can also be made with shapes and sizes as well. We did a “colors” pattern as well as a “size” pattern.
What better way to practice patterning than presents! We used the tiny presents from our Advent Boxes as well as some larger ones I picked up from the dollar store. You could even wrap small boxes with 2 different types of wrapping paper you have at home and let your little one make a pattern!
1. Sort the objects. We were using “little” and “big” presents to make our pattern, so we sorted the presents into 2 corresponding piles.
2. I started the pattern off, saying “big”, “little”, “big”, “little” as I went and then asked Big Brother to predict what would come next…big or little?
We changed it up: Little, Little, Big.
And then we had JUST enough of the tiny presents to make a pattern using colors (silver and purple).