Patterns for kids: Start making real-life patterns now!

Posted on Jan 4, 2021

Patterns are all around us. We see patterns in real life, and if we’re extra observant, we can start identifying patterns in math. We can hear patterns, too, and when we learn the rules of a pattern, we can start making predictions.

You heard it here first. Predicting patterns gives us fortune-telling powers.

With a little help from our popcorn, unicorn, and mustache friends, our patterns for kids video (at the bottom of this post) covers all the basics. Plus, it’s interactive. Together, we can make patterns using our voices and hands. Sound fun? We think so, too.

Let’s jump right into it.

Patterns in real life

What’s the best thing about the holidays? No, not spending time with friends and family. It’s the sweaters, the ugly, loud, brightly-colored sweaters. What’s so great about ugly sweaters? The patterns, of course!

One real-life pattern example is the stripes on a sweater. If the stripes repeat again and again, they form a pattern. Just look at this beauty.

An ugly sweater has a pattern!

We can find patterns in real life, like on this ugly sweater

Don’t have an ugly sweater on hand? Do you have hands… on hand? We thought so!

Most people have two hands – a left hand and a right hand. You and the kids can use your two hands to create a pattern right now. Don’t be shy; just follow the video’s lead.

First, we’ll raise our left hand. Then, we’ll raise our right hand. We’ll do this again and again to create a real-life pattern.

AB patterns for kids

A pattern that has two things that repeat is called an AB pattern. Fascinating, right? We don’t have to use left and right hands or the letters A and B, either. We can use colors to create an AB pattern, like red and blue.

A red and blue pattern

Red and blue and red and blue and red and blue

Red and blue are the two things that repeat. They are the core of the pattern. The core of the pattern is kind of like pattern rules. Patterns are very well behaved and always play by the rules.

ABC patterns for kids

Next up in our practicing patterns extravaganza is three-part patterns. Patterns with three parts that repeat are called ABC patterns.

Let’s make our own ABC pattern using three commonplace objects: popcorn, a unicorn, and a mustache.

Popcorn comes first, then our friendly unicorn, and finally the disembodied moustache. Popcorn, unicorn, mustache – that’s the core of the pattern.

Remember, we can use the core of the pattern to predict patterns in math and in real life. So, if we have the popcorn, unicorn, and mustache, what comes next?

A tall glass of fresh orange juice? No.

A pink airplane wearing a funny hat? Close, but no.

Popcorn? Yes! Popcorn comes next in our pattern.

And what comes after the popcorn? The unicorn! And then? The mustache!

If you know the core of the pattern, you can make wildly accurate predictions about the future of the pattern. You can even stare into the past – patterns repeat forward and backward.

What comes next in the pattern?

By learning the core of the pattern, we can predict what comes next

Predicting patterns is a fun and educational game for youngsters, and it’s what makes this quirky math video interactive.

Watch our patterns video now!

The world is full of patterns, and so is math. When you become a master of patterns and understand how to identify the core of the pattern, you can make predictions. Our patterns video is a whole lot of fun for the young and young at heart. So watch now, and let’s start making patterns.



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