Teaching Toddlers: Pattern Recognition

Pattern recognition is the ability to recognize order in a chaos. Patterns can be found in ideas, words, symbols, numbers, and images. They can also be found in behavior, routines, and in nature. –Mathrise

Here are free .pdf files for you. If you have kids, all you have to do is download the file then:

Circle Pattern Recognition Practice
Circle Pattern Recognition Practice
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Letter Pattern Recognition Practice
Letter Pattern Recognition Practice
Letter-Pattern.pdf
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Numbers Pattern Recognition
Numbers Pattern Recognition
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Paw Patrol Pattern Recognition
Paw Patrol Pattern Recognition
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  1. Print (2 copies) of the file.
  2. Cut the patterns of other copy.
  3. You may put a handle (I prefer popsicle sticks, but I ran out of them so I used any thick paper).
    Note: After mastering this circle patterns, you can flip the paper and it forms another pattern for your kid to answer.

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I was honestly hoping to have at least 10-15 minutes of free time when I gave this worksheet to my son. He was able to master it in less than 2 minutes! So, I had to make another one. The letter patterns.IMG_6069 IMG_6070

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This morning I had to make another one, the PAW PATROL pattern recognition practice. My son loves this one. I should have started with this. To engage kids to start an activity, it works well to start with the characters or things they love. My son loved it so much I got hugs and kisses. =P

NOTE: For kids who are not into paper and sitting down answering activity sheets, you’ll have to use toys, boards, or anything they’ll touch.

Example:

Create patterns for balls– red-blue-red-blue– etc… using his toys or balls, robots, or any toy, just as long that he holds it. It will make him engage more.

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If he likes cars, use cars. After this, it will be easier to proceed with the written activity, but still using the characters he love, until he gets the hang of it.

NO TIME TO PRINT? NO PRINTER?

No worries, you can use anything with pattern. I’m sure you have shirts with patterns. When you wear them, try to play with your kid as you say “red, white, red, white” and stop to ask which color comes next.

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NO TIME WITH YOUR KIDS?

Why? =) I will end there. =)


More resources:

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Free printables on pattern worksheets : http://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/patterns.php


More reads: (I had to start with the activity because not everyone has time to read an entire post of words. =) ) Thank you for reaching this part. Read on…

Some people may actually be born having better pattern recognition skills, but some just need a little push and be given techniques and principles on how to master one.

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I grew up really poor at this skill I was not even patient enough to simply solve logical problems or even math problems (thus, affecting my solving skills in real life). My husband, on the other hand, has been an expert since he was a kid. It’s just really lately (mostly because of the previous sentence) that I’ve seen techniques and have become really aware of the principles and reasons behind pattern recognition and logical reasonings and how they are related to real life decision makings.

Where it starts…

Kids as early as nursery are given pattern recognition practices usually in math subjects. It’s a preparation for mathematics.

However, in the recent studies, students’ solving skills have declined because less recognition exercises were given to kids.
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How it helps…

Nearly every desirable occupation requires pattern recognition skills. Doctors often read patient histories and charts to make diagnosis and prescribe treatments, attorneys study case histories before they present their case, analysts study data to predict future price movements, and salespeople use patterns to sell products.-Mathrise

How to improve your child’s recognition skills

Aside from answering printables like the ones on the pictures there are other ways to strengthen pattern recognition skills like exposing your child to art, dance, music, martial arts, and team sports.

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The author has been an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor of different levels for more than 10 years. Now that she is a mom, she posts ways on how to encourage parents in teaching their kids and help their children love learning.  She gives different ways on how to make learning more fun for kids and parents by posting activities, worksheets and articles.

“If what kids will do the rest of their lives is read, count, write, speak, etc…then they might as well love and master them now, or else, they’ll cry when the tough times come.” She believes that investing on kids now can help kids prepare for the future and make parents (hopefully) have less stress when they grow up. “Train a child the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

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Circle Pattern Recognition Practice
Circle Pattern Recognition Practice
Circle-Patterns.pdf
Version: 1
114.1 KiB
149 Downloads
Details
Letter Pattern Recognition Practice
Letter Pattern Recognition Practice
Letter-Pattern.pdf
Version: 1
10.2 KiB
140 Downloads
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Numbers Pattern Recognition
Numbers Pattern Recognition
Numbers-Pattern-Recognition.pdf
Version: 1
9.9 KiB
148 Downloads
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Paw Patrol Pattern Recognition
Paw Patrol Pattern Recognition
Paw-Patrol-Pattern-Recognition.pdf
Version: 1
27.4 KiB
140 Downloads
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17 thoughts on “Teaching Toddlers: Pattern Recognition

  1. Never really thought that pattern recognition exercises are not much given to kids nowadays. And yet, our kids are way too pressured with their studies, with the inclusion of a whole new plethora of subjects and the whole k-12 program in the PH. Thanks for the printables, will have my little angels play with them soon 🙂

  2. When my little boy was in preschool, this are his favorites, logics are Incorporated in other subjects like math and English. I”ve used the Lego blocks “coz no time to do print out. These are great really for your one’s to improve their intellectual skils.

  3. These are great activities. To be honest, my kids “learned” about pattern recognition from Dora :)) Then I introduced worksheets and surprisingly, they got it easily, thank to Dora. Hahaha. Thank you for sharing these materials 🙂

  4. Wow, this is super helpful! I’m not sure which age I should start to teach these though. My son is just 1 year and 7 months. Maybe I’ll wait for a few more months 🙂

  5. Thank you for this. I am excited to play with my boy Na. Haha, I look at it as more play. It is sad to know if there will be someone who has no time for his/her child. Sana Wala naman.

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