Where our games begin
Updated: Jul 2
Patterns are all around us. In our physical world, in nature, and in the things we do. To learn to notice patterns, observe and understand them, is key to both developing the faculty of sight as well as the mathematical mind.
Many mathematical concepts are based on patterns, and require an understanding of and proficiency in patterning. To be able to identify and create patterns is just the beginning of the mastery of life-long mathematical skills.
How can you introduce patterning to children at a young age? Where concrete experiences can build the foundation for more abstract understanding further on.
Through Aurogames we do this by offering them situations in which they can start to notice things, learning to look to SEE.
So what is a pattern? A pattern is formed where there is a repetition, at least twice. Our most basic level 1 patterns can be introduced with young children of age 4, but is a good starting point also for 4-8 year. Our material starts with patterns created using four two-color Base Cards. Given patterns are replicated, but children can also explore freely creating their own novel patterns.
Our introductory patterns involve two colors and two variables,
and are constructed using the 4 Base Cards.
Some children will need to use a transparent grid to understand how the 4 Base cards will compose the pattern.
Be sure to give your child the opportunity to “read” the pattern when it is complete. This will allow the child to fix any misplaced Base Cards in the pattern. When we take time to notice and identify patterns, we begin to see and identify them as well.
The hinged mirror offers an insight into that which lies beyond our expected perception, and helps to introduce the concepts of mirror images and symmetry through the child’s concrete explorations. Read more about this game and download here.
Another way to self-discovery is for children to color and create their own game that they then can puzzle. Read more and download here.
Once children have explored the two colored patterns, they are ready to move on to the first 3 colored patterns. We will write about these in our next blog post!
The key to developing these basic geometry and math skills is to make the child aware of patterns and give lots of opportunities to create and extend patterns in daily life. Once children get into seeing patterns, you will be amazed at how often they find patterns that you don’t even see!
Do you want your own set to start working with these activities now?