Art, craft and patterns

6 - 8 years
Everyday ways to help your child with numeracy
Children filling bottles to create patterns

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

Art and craft is a lovely way for your child to develop an understanding of the important number concept of patterns. You can help by talking about the patterns, for example:

  • suggesting patterns
    Can you make a pattern around the border? How about a thin line, then a circle, then another line?
  • noticing and working out patterns
    Let me see if I can work out the pattern in your necklace. Three blue, two purple, three blue, two purple...
  • asking what comes next in the pattern
    What bead do you need next?
  • drawing attention to patterns in the world around you
    Did you notice the pattern in the house numbers? 12, 14, 16, 18 ... they're going up by two!



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Last modified
7 April 2020