Patterns are everywhere.
Recognizing patterns is one of the first steps to making sense of our world. From just eight weeks old, infants become aware of visual patterns and discovery continues into adulthood. Our exhibit offers a place to play with both 2-D and 3-D patterns. Pattern Studio is organized by using three kinds of patterns that exist on flat surfaces as a classification system. The “Hall of Mirrors” in the exhibit entrance represents the three kinds of patterns: around-the-point, all-over, and border.
What You Learn:
- Recognize, identify and create patterns
- Geometric reasoning
- Visual patterns appear in nature, science, art, culture
Pattern recognition is the ability to recognize order in chaos. Patterns can be found in ideas, words, symbols, numbers, sounds and images. By understanding patterns children are able to make predictions about what should come next.
Continue the Fun at Home
Explore tessellations, M.C. Escher and nature’s fractals on our Pattern Studio Pinterest board. Ask open-ended questions when looking at patterns such as “what’s next?” or “Can you make a pattern with these materials?”