Recognizing patterns is a pre-reading and pre-mathematics skill. Letters combine to form words. Letters arranged in a specific sequence form a pattern. Each word is a unique pattern of letters with one or more meanings. Numerals arranged in a specific sequence form specific numbers. As with letters, each combination of numerals is unique. The same numerals arranged in different sequences have different meanings. Only by recognizing patterns can we identify words. Children need frequent and varied opportunities to recognize and create patterns. Pattern Stacker invites children to explore three alike but different shapes. While all are round, each shape is a variation of a circle, and each is a different color combination. Combining the pieces in different ways creates
different patterns. Arranging and rearranging the pieces allows children to experience how patterns evolve. Pattern Stacker provides open-ended exploration. Children can create horizontal patterns or stack pieces in different ways to create vertical patterns. Patterning and stacking develop cognitive and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, creative thinking, and spatial awareness. Measures 10 1/4″L x 3 1/2″W x 6 1/2″H.