Your child will extend simple patterns made with toys and other objects.
Explain to your child that “A pattern is something that happens over and over again. Today you will be making patterns with toys and objects.”
Begin by showing your child how to build a simple pattern. Place an object (for example, a cotton ball) in the first slot of the egg carton. Then place a second object (toy car) in the next slot. When you start a pattern, repeat the pattern unit at least twice—cotton ball, car, cotton ball, car. Continue alternating between the two objects to create a simple pattern. As you place each object, say its name aloud like “cotton ball, car, cotton ball, car, cotton ball, car.” Invite your child to extend this pattern by asking them which object comes next. Review the pattern together when you run out of objects. Say the name of each object together as you review.
Use new sets of toys or objects as you create more patterns for your child to extend.