Patterning is a great learning skill for preschool children to learn. It can help develop both reading and math and science skills. Learning to see patterns, likes and differences and things that go together are all helping young children develop the brain connections needed to solve problems.
When teaching young children to see patterns, we typically start by placing like and different objects in a line. Then we repeat the sequence. Then we ask the child to also repeat the sequence.
We set out two blue poker chips and then one white chip.
Then we repeat the sequence; two blue chips and one white chip.
Finally we ask the child to continue the sequence. He should set out two blue chips and one white.
We can use small toys, poker chips, paper strips, nuts, beads, silverware. Here are a few more examples of Patterning exercises or games.