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Making Patterns

Make the most of your wait time at a restaurant! Challenge your child to use sugar packets to create a pattern.

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Extending this activity

  • -Go on a pattern walk! Find patterns around you such as the pattern in the fence or the pattern made by bricks on a building.

    -Read the book “What’s Next, Nina?” by Sue Kassirer. In this story, Nina’s beaded necklace breaks and she must restring her beads in the same pattern.

Adjust for an older child

Once the child is comfortable extending the pattern, ask him or her to create a new pattern and you try to extend it.

Adjust for a younger child

Start with simple 'AB' patterns with the younger child. For example, with the sugar packets you could use: yellow, pink, yellow, pink.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Patterns and Algebraic Thinking

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