Math Helping Your Eight-Year-Old Identify and Predict Patterns

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.

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.'

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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.

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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! 

Virtual Goose

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.

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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.

Rescue Ecotopia

Your child can help save Ecotopia from Hacker's disasters by adding animals and plants to keep the ecosystem healthy.

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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!

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