If you thought that a maths activity had to include numbers then you may be surprised at this pre school patterning activity. It’s Montessori inspired but not at all traditional. Enjoy.
When we think about maths, the first thing that comes to mind is numbers right? Well learning how to create patterns is also super important for pre schoolers so I thought I would show you a really simple activity that you can do.
Ok, before someone gasps at the sight of a smartphone in a child's hand, on a blog that claims to have Montessori influences, just bare with me. Technology is here, it's not going anywhere and kids need to be able to master it to succeed in the world. It is also really appealing to children, and that's the point right? To make learning appealing to children. Anyway, if you are apposed to smartphones in toddler's hands then by all means, print out your pictures. But I'm getting ahead of myself. First you have to get making.
A smartphone or tablet (alternately a camera)
Just cut some ice cream shapes out of felt – it's easiest if you make a stencil out of cardboard first and use it to draw on the felt. I chose an ice cream because I knew she would love it, you could do anything though.
Now pin a piece of felt to the wall for the background and create a bunch of pretty ice cream combos, five should be enough, and photograph each.
If you want to make an activity that can live on a tray, are anti screen-time or you don't want to share your phone you can print out the pictures.
Now just let your little person recreate the different patterns.
The less words you use to explain this activity the better, I tend to just do it myself first then say, "would you like a go, you can choose which ice cream you want to make".
If they get them wrong don't correct them, they will get there without your help.
You can create a lesson similar to this with just about anything. A bunch of blocks, some hair clips, shoes… Anything that can be arranged in a few different patterns and photographed will do. But the ice creams are really cute!
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