written by: CathleneSmith • edited by: Noreen Gunnell • updated: 10/18/2014

During the early elementary school years, students learn how to arrange objects and numbers into patterns. You can expand upon this concept at home with parent-child pattern activities.

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Simplify Patten Organization with Everyday Objects

Math activities with patterns promote logical reasoning in young children. Order, sequence, categorization, and structure will aid the child in mathematical theory. When helping a child with homework assignments involving patterns, parents can simplify the concept by providing colorful everyday objects that are easily manipulated into various patterns.

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Household Objects You Can Use

Most households contain a variety of manipulative objects that can enhance homework lessons on patterns. Parents can prepare for pattern activities by gathering the following items for their children to explore:

Objects To Use For Color Patterns:

Jellybeans or other candies (2 to 3 colors for beginning students, 3 or more colors for more advanced students)

Lego blocks

Pieces of colored chalk

Small plastic animal manipulatives (dinosaurs, teddy bears, etc.)

Colored board game pieces

Objects To Use For Size Patterns:

Toy cars or trucks (small, medium-sized, large)

Stuffed animals of varying size

Plastic/wooden toothpicks or strips of paper cut into varying lengths

Number Value Patterns:

Dice

Dominoes

Coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters)

Small squares of paper with numbers drawn on

Picture Patterns:

Picture cards from memory games

Photocopied pictures of animals (such as cats, dogs, birds, and frogs) or people (men, women, boys, and girls)

Hand-drawn pictures of faces (happy faces, sad faces, angry faces, etc.)

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Pattern Homework Games

Once parents and children have collected groups of objects to use in pattern homework activities, they can sit down together and play the following games: