Pattern Hunt

Early Years
Age 3-6


Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • Recognize, explore, describe, and compare patterns, and extend, translate, and create them, using the core of a pattern and predicting what comes next (#18).


  • Students and teacher explore the classroom and/or school property for patterns.
  • Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.


  • Camera
  • Pattern handout (Appendix A – download)
  • Pencils
  • Pencil crayons


  • Students will be encouraged to search the classroom or school for identifiable patterns.
  • The teacher will proceed by taking a photo of the pattern selected by the student.
  • The teacher or student will then paste the pattern onto Appendix A.
  • In the blank box on the worksheet students will recreate the selected pattern with pencil crayons.
  • On the lines provided students will be prompted to describe the pattern they found and illustrated (e.g. found an AB pattern in my classroom).
  • After completion of the visual and written components of the handout, the worksheet can be displayed in the classroom for other students to become aware of existing patterns within the educational community.

Look Fors

  • How easily can children identify and describe patterns accurately?
  • What strategies do students use when searching and identifying patterns?

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