Saturday 21 April 2012


Montessori Activity: Teaching Pattern Recognition through 4-In-A-Row Counters

Age: From 3 years old

Activity Duration: 10-15 minutes

1. To get the child ready for Maths.
2. To teach logic and number pattern recognition.
3. To train the child’s fine motor skills.

1. 4-In-A-Line
2. 1 tray

1. Make a row of pattern using the 4-In-A-Line counters, for example, alternating between red and green counter as one of the easiest pattern to start with for 3 years old child.

2. Encourage your child to try to make the next row repeating the pattern you have just made.

Additional Information:
Recognizing patterns is part of the pre-school kindergarten curriculum in Singapore, and I saw such a problem sum from the Singapore pre-Maths book. I got inspired to turn it into a fun and educational Montessori activity, after browsing those books.

Here is another variation to teach pattern recognition in a concrete way, rather than using a 2-dimensional Maths book and another way to play the 4-In-A-Line game. I occupied him with this small Montessori activity to buy myself some time and to get a little peace. He could repeat the pattern for 2-3 rows. Thereafter, he got lost, and then it was time for breakfast :-)

You can get 4-In-A-Row game from Amazon:

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