Once you start looking for patterns, you will see them everywhere. There are patterns in colors, shapes, sounds, dances and even daily routines! Recognizing patterns is a skill that translates directly into algebraic thinking, so exploring these ideas now will set the stage for bigger math ideas later. Your child is ready for more challenging patterns at this age. Eight-year-olds can often begin to represent patterns abstractly, and they can figure out what comes next or what's missing in a pattern.
Math Helping Your Eight-Year-Old Identify and Predict Patterns
Support your child's growing understanding of patterns:
Practice Skip-Counting Patterns
Explore number patterns with your child. Say, "Two, four, six…what comes next?" See if your child can guess — and then try counting by threes, fours, fives, etc. Without realizing it, your child is learning his multiplication facts! Experiment with writing them down too. Write "13, 11, 9, __, 5, 3" and see if your child can fill in the blank. As your child becomes more sophisticated in their understanding, try to stump them with more complex patterns such as doubling (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ___).
Freddy’s Carnival Countoff
In this fun carnival game, your child can practice counting, adding by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and estimating quantities while using comparative vocabulary such as 'fewest' and 'most.'Play This Game
Find Patterns in the Neighborhood
Be on the lookout for patterns in the world around us — the brickwork on the way into a building, the layers of a pinecone, the stripes on a bird or the pickets on a fence.
Who's the Patternista?
Is your child ready to become a 'patternista' or pattern expert? Give your child practice extending color and number patterns with this activity from Odd Squad.Do This Activity
Play Hand-Clapping Games
Hand-clapping games (like "Miss Mary Mack," etc.) are often played on playgrounds by kids around this age. It may look like she is just having fun with her friends, but your child is actually using repeating and growing patterns!
Your child can play Virtual Goose just like Arthur and his friends. In this fast-paced game, your child can practice matching colored shapes and patterns to their rotated matches.Play This Game
Games That Teach Logical Deduction
A lot of board games involve using patterns to make assumptions and draw conclusions. Board games such as Mastermind and Guess Who? are great ways to practice logical deduction. These games use patterns to eliminate the wrong answers and solve the mystery.
Your child can help save Ecotopia from Hacker's disasters by adding animals and plants to keep the ecosystem healthy.Play This Game
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Odd Squad
Odd Squad focuses on a kid-run agency that saves the day whenever something unusual happens. Emphasizing problem solving, teamwork and perseverance in every strange and hilarious new assignment, agents use math to investigate weird problems -- and your child can help!Find Activities
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The Flurry of Fifteens
Franny Fifteen is on her way and she needs lots of 15s ready for her when she arrives! Your child can help by figuring out all the different ways that two numbers can be added together to make the number 15.
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The Electric Company Party Game
HEY YOU GUYYYYYS! Marcus and Jessica are stuck on Prankster Planet and need your help to get back to Earth! Play this fast-paced board game filled with physical challenges, silly brainstorms, and math questions.