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Patterning with Sea Creatures!



What is it

Activity sheets to work on patterning by:

  1. Type (AB pattern) Pages 1-2

  2. Colour (AB pattern) Pages 3-4

  3. Type (ABC pattern) Page 5

  4. Colour (ABC pattern) Page 6

  5. Type (AAB pattern) Page 7

  6. Colour (AAB pattern) Page 8

  7. Mixed for practice and generalisation Pages 9-10



Teaching Objectives

  • Introduce pattern recognition

  • Develop numeracy concepts


How to use

  • Cut out the sea creatures

  • Introduce the activity to your child by saying “We are going to practise making patterns”

  • Get your child to verbalise the pattern

- AB pattern: fish, crab, fish, crab, fish...

- ABC pattern: green, purple, green, purple, green…

- AAB pattern: shark, shark, whale, shark, shark...

  • Place the available options in front of him and ask “What comes next?” or “What goes in here?” while pointing to the box

  • Allow him to pick his answer and place it in the box. Verbalise the pattern together again.

  • It is okay if your child picks the wrong one. Read out the pattern to him and highlight the error. Children can learn from mistakes too!



Teaching tips

  • Repeatedly verbalise the pattern for your child to help him understand the pattern

  • Continue to practise the same type of pattern to ensure consistency before introducing a new pattern.

  • Make it more fun by asking your child to create more patterns using different manipulatives or even drawing them out!

  • Continue to point out different patterns everywhere to increase your child’s awareness of patterns all around him. This helps him to understand why he needs to learn patterning

Cut outs are provided



Embed more learning opportunities

  • Receptive language: “Where is the jellyfish?”, “Find the (colour)(sea creature)”

  • Expressive language: “What is this?”, “What colour is the (sea creature)?”

  • General knowledge: “Which sea creature has pincers?”, “Tell me something about the shark”



Download your FREE printable here!



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