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With your child, notice and enjoy the patterns that you see everywhere. It's human nature to discover the pattern of things. Pattern help us to order, memorise and make sense of our world. Pattern is an important part of maths and science, because if we can understand a pattern it helps us to predict what comes next.
Pattern can apply to sounds and rhythms as well, but for the moment enjoy visual patterns with your child. If you have a small camera or a phone camera, encourage your child to take photos of interesting patterns they see. The parks have wonderfully colourful patterns of flowers, or notice a row of shirts on the clothes line, or fruit lined up in a fruit stall.
If you have access to a printer (your local library might help), here are some templates for beautiful repeating patterns to colour in from Surf Net Kids. They will look like a kaleidoscope or a stained glass window when they are finished.
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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