There are so many math patterns in nature–which makes it the perfect place for kids to practice!
Going outdoors is a great way to play with math and this nature pattern activity requires no prep on your part so it can be done anytime. It’s what I like to call a win win!
Observing and identifying patterns is an important math and science skill and the foundation for many more complex concepts. To encourage pattern recognition and making in your kids all you need to do is go one a nature walk.
Math Patterns in Nature
- found nature materials
The supplies for this math pattern activity require no prep on your part. Really. Just head outdoors and look around. Let kids gather some of the treasures they find and use them to play with.
Once they have a pile of items have them sort the items into what ever groups they choose. Then show them how to create their own patterns. You can start with a simple ABAB pattern and explore from there.
Depending on the age of the kids you can introduce more complex patterns and try to stump each other with what comes next or just let them play with simple ones.
Continue to extend the learning by pointing out patterns you see while you are out. The leaves on the trees or the way cars are parked in the parking lot can all be used as teachable moments for pattern exploration.
There’s more math fun coming your way this summer–6 weeks worth to be exact!
This is week four of Camp Mathematics and both Erica and I are sharing fun ideas for math art and patterns. She has a Spirolaterals activity your kids will love so go see how to play!
Have you missed a week of Camp Mathematics? Catch up now!
Week 1: DIY Abacus for Kids and Counting Down Math Game
Week 2: Shake and Add Math Game and Magic Squares Game
Week 3: Grape Shapes STEM Activity and T Puzzle
Week 4: Math Patterns in Nature and Spirolaterals
Week 5: Sandwich Fractions and a Printable Fraction Game
Week 6: Math Card Games and Cooperative Dice Games
Stay tuned each week for more math ideas you can do with your kids this summer!
Love the idea, so simple and so powerful, also love the name coffe cups and crayons.
Megan Sheakoski says
Peggy Goldstein says
You wrote: “Make there own patterns”.
I am astonished at how many people who teach children have horrible spelling and grammar.
It should read:”make THEIR own patterns” .
Megan Sheakoski says
Hi Peggy! I’m happy to update it for you. 🙂
What is the name of the pattern and lebel each in the pattern