5 Easy Ways to Teach Your Preschool Child Patterns

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One math skill that is necessary for kindergarten readiness is patterns. A pattern is a set of objects that repeats itself in some way.

Why are patterns so important?

Patterns are a basic, foundational skill for kindergarten. Although it might seem easy, learning patterns can take months or even an entire school year to learn.

What are some ways to make patterns?

  • Color
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Sound/Rhythm (yes, you can make patterns in music! One tap, two taps, one tap…)
  • Movement (hop on foot, jump, hop on two feet, hop on one foot,…)

What materials can I use to teach my child patterns?

What hands-on activities can I use to teach my child patterns?

  • Sort objects in ice trays and create a pattern.
  • Use drums or pots and pans to create musical patterns
  • Have your child complete a pattern

What are some books about patterns?

I like to read a book before I introduce a concept to my children. Otherwise, they have no idea what I’m talking about. Books make math concepts more concrete to preschoolers.


How can I tell if my child knows and understands patterns?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can your child complete a pattern that you start?
  • Can your child tell you about a pattern?
  • Can you child make a pattern?
  • Can your child make a complicated pattern?
  • What do children learn from making patterns?
  • Make predictions (what comes next)
  • Make connections

Here are 2 free printables to teach your child patterns:

Teddy Bear Pattern/ The Measured Mom

Duplo Pattern Busy Bags/ All Our Days

Start getting your child ready for kindergarten today!