Pattern Lines is a preschool math game I made to teach patterning. It not only reinforces the first steps of patterning, copying and extending a pattern, but it also teaches children to build their own pattern and then differentiate colored counters to sort through which counter to add to their pattern.
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- colored stickers
- math counters of corresponding colors
- game markers
The object of the game is to build an AB pattern of up to eight counters. Game set up begins with each player selecting two colors of counters and starting their pattern using four counters. For example: blue, yellow, blue, yellow. Players take turns rolling the dice and moving their game piece around the board collecting colored counters of the same color as those in their pattern. If the player lands on a space color that is in their pattern, they collect a corresponding counter and either add it to their pattern or set it aside to add later. If the player does not land on a space the same color found in their pattern, the player collects no counter and the next player takes his turn.
The game continues until:
- a player reaches the finish
2. a player has added four counters on to their pattern
Depending on your goals, the supervising adult can choose which way to end the game.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been trying to think of some more creative ways to practice patterns with my 3-year old. We’re going to give this a try.