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Nature at Home Series: Patterns

There are patterns all around us. An understanding of patterns (visual patterns and patterns of behaviour for example) helps children to better understand their world. Identifying patterns using multiple senses whilst exploring both indoors and outdoors helps to create a visual framework for foundation mathematics such as numbers and counting,

The activities in this article use the practical everyday setting of the child's home or local environment which helps to emphasise the role of mathematics in their lives. The activities draw on natural resources and seek to connect the child with nature and the real world.

These activities are suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years old.