Exploring pattern in the EYFS & KS1
Children will explore repeating patterns learning more about shapes and angles.
This is a really simple activity and I’m guessing that most people reading this far will already have understood how it works. Ask the children what happens if you just use one shape (this obviously won’t work with triangles because they only have one slot so the maximum number they can join together will be two, so the activity would be very short!).
The activity works best with the larger sets of u-nu and depending on which piece is being used different patterns will occur, this is great as it opens up the conversation of how the shapes are different. Ask the children about the angles and how this affects the structure. Try asking a couple of children to join their structures together, ask them how the new structure differs from the original.