In this game, children identify what comes next in a pattern they are shown. Using pattern blocks or a collection of objects, teachers build an ABAB pattern while saying “square, circle, square, circle…” and ask the child to help figure out what is next. After practicing patterns together, they start the game. The child closes her eyes while the teacher builds a pattern but covers the few objects. The child has to guess what is covered and then can peek and see. Once comfortable, children can build patterns and have other children or the teacher guess. This game builds early algebraic thinking by calling attention to the structure of the pattern. Once they know the rule they can generalize about what will come next, what’s missing in the middle, or what will come four places out.
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