Pattern recognition is one of many important concepts children will need to learn in their early years. Learning this skill will help them in many other areas, from language to mathematics. Pattern recognition books help introduce patterns — including sequences of numbers, shapes and objects — in a way that’s entertaining for little ones. These are some of our top picks for introducing the concept of patterns and shapes to children in formats that are exciting and fun.
This colorful workbook includes over 40 pages of practice for young children learning to master writing tools. The large print makes tracing easy for beginners, while the theme of the book is fun and includes a variety of friendly characters. Ideal for ages 3 and up, the book is presented on large-format paper, helping kids stay inside the margins as they work. The pages are durable and thick, so they hold up well to heavy force. Kids will become more confident in their drawing skills by drawing the various objects, and the colorful graphics keep children engaged while they make their way through the book.
The pattern exercises in this book encourage children to develop their problem-solving skills. The fun rhymes paired with the vibrant illustrations help young readers grasp the concept of patterns and how they’re created. Colorful cats are used in the patterns, as well as numbers. Kids will find the cats roller-skating and wearing clothes for a touch of humor. The book teaches using poetry, art and music, making it a well-rounded resource. The author provides concrete examples with excellent visual context to help the reader learn increasingly advanced concepts. Recommended for ages 5 and up, it is great both as a read-aloud book and a tool for independent reading.
This book offers a blend of age-appropriate tracing and writing activities combined with puzzles to make learning fun. It’s recommended for children ages 3 to 5 and teaches them to recognize shapes, patterns and colors. Kids will be intrigued by the vibrant and engaging prompts that encourage them to keep moving forward. The humorous tone reduces learning anxiety and encourages children to complete the exercises and puzzles.
Prepared by teachers and academics, this comprehensive workbook is packed with learning activities to make the educational experience fun and interactive. Children are introduced to the wonderful world of numbers, shapes, counting, logic and patterns in a simple format. Each concept is explained with illustrations to reinforce the material. Some of the games require readers to find specific shapes or match objects, improving their memory and cognitive skills. The lessons encourage independent learning and help develop confidence. An additional upside is the inclusion of logic in the math curriculum. This is a great option for children ages 3 to 5.
With this activity book, kids will identify and write numbers and letters, complete dot-following exercises, put pictures and events in order of sequence and find the relation between various sizes of objects. Puzzles and mazes are also included. The activities range in difficulty to accommodate different types of users. This colorful book includes 51 pages of activities and two complete pages of stickers, which help children feel rewarded for completing the activities. This book will help kids build their reading comprehension, solve math equations and develop logical thinking skills. It’s a great option for children ages 3 to 5.
“All of the recommendations in this article are great for children of varying skill levels and many involve a multi-sensory approach to learning patterns. Don’t let your little one work on these past the point of frustration. Touching on patterns for five to 15 minutes and then setting the book down, doing other things and circling back later is a great technique. Alternatively, take little bites out of the book each day. Before you know it, your child will begin to recognize patterns in everyday life.”
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Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.