What You Do:
- Draw a large circle on a piece of paper.
- Pick a number range to use for the game. In this example we will use 1-500. Announce to your child that you have a number pattern in mind. Some examples are: all even numbers, all numbers with a 5 in them, only the “teens” numbers, etc.
- Encourage your child guess different numbers, one at a time. If the number she guesses is in your pattern, write the number inside the circle. If the number is not in the pattern, write the number outside of the circle.
- At first your child will really just be guessing numbers. However, as more numbers are written down inside and outside the circle, patterns will begin to emerge.
- Encourage her to examine the numbers outside the circle, too. Those numbers can provide vital clues to solving the pattern riddle.
- The game ends when your child correctly guesses the number pattern.
For younger children, use a lower range of numbers: 1-50. Think of an easy number pattern; for example: even numbers. If you're working with older kids, increase the range of the numbers. For example, use 1-1000 and think of a more complex pattern like multiples of 4.