There are several wonderful opportunities for practicing patterns in everyday life. For example, when your child is cleaning up their toys, ask them to show you a simple ABAB pattern by placing their toys in this order. For example if they are cleaning up their toy cars and their army men, have them make a pattern with them (car, army man, car, army man, etc.). You can also practice creating and identifying patterns using small food items such as peas and carrots, M&Ms, Fruit Loops, etc. You can ask your child to extend patterns that have been started. They can also create their own patterns and identify why it is a pattern and what the pattern is.