The Big Idea: Recognizing and extending patterns of everyday objects lays the foundation for future math learning.
- Watch the video together, saying the name of each object out loud (“paperclip, paperclip, paperclip, bottle cap, bottle cap…”) to help kids notice the pattern. Invite them to join you in saying the pattern out loud. (Older kids may like an extra challenge: Pause the video after the bell rings to see if they can extend the pattern on their own.)
- Make patterns together with an assortment of small everyday objects (coins, pens, colored sticky notes, and so on). Take turns starting and completing each other’s patterns (saying the pattern out loud helps hear the rhythm and follow along).
- Help kids notice patterns all around them—in clothing, in artwork, in books, and more. Whenever they spot a pattern, invite kids to guess what would come next in it!