We have been playing with unifix cubes and learning patterns which are one of the first basic math skills kids are taught in school. This simple activity is made so children can learn to continue pattern, and then replicate them. If you don’t have unifix cubes you can use other small solid colored objects like glass gems, puff balls, buttons, or whatever else you have.
Dot & Build Patterns Activity
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1. Place unifix cubes on the circle in a pattern leaving the last few circles blank.
2. Have child complete the pattern by placing unifix cubes on the remaining circles.
3. Have child use markers to recreate the pattern on the row below the unifix cubes. Repeat 1-3.
You could also do the activity again and have the child dot the pattern and then build it with unifix cubes.
When we had filled in all the rows, we connected the unifix cubes together and counted them to practice numbers and one-to-one correspondence.
ABC, AAAB, AABC, ABB, AAB, ABCC, and AABB.