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!