Level 1&2 Pattern Match Game
Updated: Apr 22
Suitable for 4-12 year old children or from kindergarden to grade 6. Choose to do it either as a group activity or individually, either in school or at home.
For children age 8-12 - we suggest using this activity as the starting point when beginning to explore Aurogames.
Whatever the age, we are confident children will enjoy and learn in this exploration!
Pattern Match is an activity that provides the foundation to learn skills and progress into our higher Level activities. See a video of children engaging in the activity here.
Medium Patterns (30) are matched using the corresponding 4 Base Cards. It introduces the concept of mirror images which requires children to become aware that things can have all of the same parts AND be different.
Continued play with this activity helps children learn - to look to see and understand, persevere, focus attention, compare to find mistakes and self-correct. Over 5 years exploring and conducting research we observed skills such as creativity, mathematical thinking, visual discernment, flexibility, spatial perception, and symmetry emerge over time. This activity lays the foundation for the mind to develop strategies of thinking and seeing needed for further development.
This game comes with clear, step by step game instructions. There are 20 Base Cards, 30 Medium Patterns, and 3 sheets of elements (all the small parts that make up the base cards) to print in color. For ease of use and to last longer, the printed Base Cards and elements can to be and glued on cardstock, and the Medium Patterns can be laminated.
Here are preview pages of the pdf that you can download to make your own game:
Watch a video showing how to prepare the materials in 5 easy steps here.
Materials Needed: · Pattern Sheets printed in color and Instruction Sheets (29 pages). · Glue · Scissors/paper cutter · Lamination sheets. · Cardboard (cereal carton or other) · If needed: transparent plastic sheet and permanent marker · Lamination sheets · Envelopes or small zip bags for storage · Paper for labels
This game compliments well with a hinged mirror. See how to make your own hinged mirror here. It offers endless exploration!
With focus, children can quickly make great progress. If you are a special needs teacher or home schooler, you may have the opportunity of working one on one with a child. This support is ideal for the child during this beginning stage - fostering focus and developing skills. It will also give you the opportunity to observe the child, understand the challenges, see their mistakes, how they cope with difficulties, and offer support at the right moment before the child disengages. This sensitivity and presence supports the child to deepen attention, persevere, and bridge to a next level of complexity.
If you are a class teacher and don’t have the possibility to work one-on-one with your students, we suggest offering the activity to smaller groups of 4-6 children. While working, ensure students are spread apart as much as possible. This will help them focus and develop understanding, rather than looking around and comparing what others are doing.
Get your own copy of the game here.