We did these simple Montessori inspired pattern activities for my toddler at home.
Before that, I like to share how we get to proceed with each activity.
I present one new activity everyday (at least when I am on the best of my moods :-)) and rotate what we have already to get stabilized on what was done earlier. I remove them off my shelf when my son loses interest.
So, why does your toddler should do pattern matching/sorting?
We see patterns everyday don’t we, how do we connect the dots? Patterns?
Patterning activities lays foundation for their math activities.
And how crucial is pattern matching in developing visual discrimination skills? Read here.
You can download this free printable here.
I placed a sample under glass tumbler and put the rest of the pieces on a tray.
You may ask, why give glass to a toddler? Won’t he break it?
Montessori insists on using real and breakable items.
Seeing a glass break will teach the child to be gentle and handle fragile things carefully in the future. Yup, Montessori saw broken items as a learning experience. Smart lady, wasn’t she?
I had only three glasses at home. Yes, there is only one Papa Bear, Mama Bear and a Baby Bear at home 🙂
I extended the activity by adding some more patterns on a muffin tray.
Download them, print and laminate them. Use them and tell me if your lil one liked it? 🙂
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