Level 3 - Pattern Building Game
Updated: Oct 28, 2021
Suitable for children age 4 – 12 years, or from kindergarten – grade 6. Choose to do it either as a group activity or individually, either in school or at home.
Whatever the age, we are confident children will enjoy and learn in this exploration!
Pattern Building Level 3 is a great follow up to our Pattern Match Level 1 and 2 activities. It supports further development in visual acuity, flexibility, mathematical thinking, creativity and attention.
Medium Patterns (30) are built using 9 Base Cards. Each pattern is built with varied base cards – some with mirror images. Continued play with this Level 3 activity helps children learn to persevere, focus attention, compare to find mistakes and self-correct.
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 25 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 Patterns can be laminated.
Here are preview pages of the pdf that you can download to make your own game:
· Printed copy of the Teacher Instructions and Game Sheets (Base Cards, Patterns and Elements) (47 pages)
· Cardstock (Cereal carton or other upcycled items will work) for the Base Cards and Elements
· Permanent marker
· Laminations sheets (31) for 30 patterns and 3 by 3 grids
· Small and large zip bags
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.