There are patterns in everything we see and all around us. Some are natural, like the bark of a tree, a flower whilst some are man made like a stairway or wallpaper. Some patterns are moving too like water which flows from a fountain.Patterns help children learn sequencing and to make predictions which leads to mathematical skills, structuring, and establishing order in life.
Each set of eyes will perceive different things. Some kids will notice the color first, some the shapes, while some the complexity of the pattern while some will be decoding how to break it down and complete the task at hand.
And so, we made our children explore and have fun with patterning during our circle time. They had to replicate a model that was shown and complete it within a particular time.
Next time when your toddler is stacking up cups or having fun with their legos; observe to see what strategy he or she is using to complete the model.
You could probably know how they have thought it out in order!