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Pick a Pattern


Mornings around here are magical.  The boys do so well.  On those rare days when both boys get to relax at home in the morning, our day usually goes something like this.  Breakfast, active time to expend that boy energy, snack and then an inside project, puzzle or activity.   So this morning after our exploration down the local trail discovering creatures, caterpillars and chickens, and a nice snack, the boys were ready to dive into something more.

Having had a bin of lacing beads around for a year that have provided little interest, I decided to try something new and create sheets of pattern puzzles for Bobby to solve.  Basically, I took sheets of paper and drew out patterns based upon the beads that I already had.  If you want to try this, but don’t have time to make your own pattern sheets, rest assured that you can buy them online .

Bobby then was able to solve the pattern.  First, he was tasked with matching the bead to the pattern.  Then, I asked him to continue the pattern.  This second part was more difficult for longer patterns, but he was able to figure it out.  In fact, he ended up wanting to draw the color of the bead on the paper first before placing the bead in sequence.

In addition to providing a fun and challenging activity, the patterns teach concepts that are fundamental to learning math.   So, I encourage you to pick a pattern and let your kids have fun figuring it out.   You can use pretty much anything from beads, to hotwheels and legos.  Get creative!


A, B, C, D – Acrobats, Bikes Clowns & DRAGONS (free tickets too!)

Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey is bringing the Greatest Show on Earth to Sacramento and Stockton.   This means that you can take the little ones to see acrobats, motorbikes, clowns and dragons all in the same place!   Keep reading and you may be able to score some free tickets.

Ringling promises that if you go, you’ll “Experience circus spectacles so incredible that once again you will believe in the unbelievable! Dragon tribes from the far reaches of the earth are brought together in a single performance, displaying their breathtaking skills in a circus tournament of champions. Each tribe must prove that they have virtues of Courage, Strength, Wisdom and Heart to arouse dragons which appear right before your very eyes!”

September 6 – 9, 2012 Sacramento
September 13 – 16,2012 Stockton
Kids under 2 get in for FREE?
Modern Mama will be giving away a family pack of 4.  How to enter to win:
1. sign up to follow this blog- Modernmamamary.wordpress.com. If you already follow this blog, then move on to step 2.
2. leave a comment that you’ve done so
3. Get an extra entry by referring a friend.  When they subscribe, have them put your name in the post! Get one extra entry for each friend you refer!!
4. Winner will be chosen at random on August 30
Good luck!