Learning about patterns can be fun and edible. All it takes is some bread and stencils.
- Recap on patterns (Look at the introductory lessons 1 and 2)
- Exercise the three-fingers grasp (pincer-grip)
- Press-out stencils (bought it from Diaso for $2)
- Bread (I use milk bread as C likes them better)
- Animal-toothpicks (optional) (Bought from Diaso for $2)
Note: How I made the task slightly more difficult for C was that he had to use the animal toothpicks to pick up the shapes and place them in the correct position on the container cover. This frustrated him as he would need to use both hands. One is to pick up the bread-shape, and when he is at the container cover, he had to use the other hand, with the other toothpick, to push the bread-shape so that it would dislodge from the toothpick and onto the container cover.
I have tried to use the thongs but my bread-shapes became flat and stuck on the thongs. It was really messy!
It was a fun activity! Apart from learning about patterns, we got to eat the shapes at the end. However, if you have a ‘always hungry’ son like mine, you might need to keep an eye on the shapes. C kept eating them when I was putting the next pattern on the cover of the container for him to work on. If you’re wondering why I put the bread-shapes on the container cover, it is for easy handling. The shapes that C is to take from is the red one shown above. The ones that I worked with was all jumbled in the container of the cover. Every time when he guesses the shape correctly, I just take the container cover and pour it back into the container and put up the next pattern. Lazy way? Efficient and effective in my view 😉