This post is an update from a previous post, view here, in which our children became engrossed in pattern making on our light-table. We asked the children what additional items they would like to add to this experience and they excitedly warbled off an array of suggestions. Some quite practical, others such as ‘Kangaroo’s’ left me scratching my head. I did once see tiny little Kangaroo figurines, but when and where currently escapes my memory. So we added in what the children requested (that fitted into the realm of ‘possible’) such as: Stars, Moons, Hearts… etc… much to the children’s delight!
And ooooh WOW, this is what they came up with!
You really need to look closely at Kate’s to see the ‘patterns within patterns’… truly amazing! Scroll back and take a closer look! 🙂
And then this…
And finally, this…
What clever little people! The children absolutely loved this experience and spent lengthy periods of time creating their works of art! Embedded within this activity, and maybe not recognized at first glance, is the opportunity it provides children to develop their skills in ‘pattern making’ As their teacher, you are able to gauge which children are showing strength in the ‘logic-mathematical domain’ by observing them at play (Howard Gardner’s ‘Multiple Intelligence’s’ theory). Then your observations can be related back to the ‘EYLF – Outcomes’.
I would love to hear feedback from readers as to how you use the light-table with your children as a learning resource.