Mathematical learning – making patterns

The children in nursery have been using a range of natural materials and loose parts to create arrangements and patterns, using old place mats and picture frames as a canvas.

The children often enjoy arranging a wide variety of objects in different ways, across all areas of provision. For example, they like stacking and making enclosures with blocks or placing small world people and animals in lines or circles.

Pattern making is an important part of mathematical development, as it helps children see structure in maths. Through these kinds of open-ended and play-based activities, the foundations for future mathematical thinking and learning are laid in a fun manner.