Building Pattern Towers
Thinking: To foster your child’s ability to make, create, and identify various patterns and shapes using blocks.
This activity will encourage children to practice stacking up small blocks while exploring colour patterns
You will need:
- Small cube blocks in different colours (i.e. red, blue and yellow)
- Role model stacking a tower using nine blocks. Create a repeating pattern with different colours (i.e. red, blue, yellow, red, blue, yellow).
- A child can copy the pattern that you have created or invent a new pattern as they build their own tower.
- When the tower is complete, count out loud as you point to each block. Talk about the colours of the blocks as well.
- Encourage children to count with you so they become familiar with numbers and the objects they represent.
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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Some children are developing the ability to place objects in a specific order. These tips will support your child to observe a simple pattern and to copy it.
- Low tray
- Rubber place mat
Use a low tray with a rubber mat underneath to keep it from sliding. Place the small cube blocks in the low tray to keep them in one location and to give your child a good view of all the colours.
Start by showing your child a simple pattern tower using four blocks with 2 different colours, for example blue, red, blue red. Say the pattern out loud so your child can follow what you are creating. Guide your child to observe how the colours repeat by pointing.
Encourage your child to do the same pattern by saying "Copy the pattern"
When your child is successful with four cubes with two different colours, encourage them to extend the pattern to six cubes for example red, blue, red, blue, red, blue
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If your start by showing your child a small cube pattern
- Your child will develop an understanding of how to copy a pattern
- Introduce patterns in the block they are making
- Feel proud of the developing ability to recognize and reproduce patterns in the environment
- Explore materials by touching and manipulating them
- Feel motivated to explore and understand patterns in concrete ways
- Build with small blocks
- Feel invited to explore various concepts like shape, colour, patterns, numbers, height and gravity as they build
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Provide children with opportunities to pick up objects using fingers and tongs. This strengthens the fine motor skills involved in building with small blocks.
- Building with stacking cups helps children to practice balancing one thing on top of another.
- Point out interesting patterns to children and role model language used to describe patterns.
- Encourage children to talk about the things they are looking at (i.e. colours, shapes).
- Spotty Brolly: A Mr. Croc Book About Patterns by Jo Lodge. [Shapes, Colours, Patterns]
Everyday Moments: Play Time