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Trace Patterns

Age Range
3-7 yrs
Setup Time
2 minutes!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

Research has found that it is our learning process, not our intelligence, that is the most important factor in determining our abilities!

Giving your child the chance to play with different types of textures, tastes and objects helps them to build new ways of talking about the world. Suddenly the tree is more than a tree, it's a sapling with smooth bark or it's a pine tree with rough bark and a sharp-pine scent. Water isn't just wet, it can be rough (waves) or slippery with bubbles or cold and translucent when frozen or clear and still.

Tastes, too, can build your child's language base. No longer does he want hot dogs for dinner, but he wants something tangy or salty or sweet, but certainly not bland or bitter.

This activity revolves around using a variety of textures and materials, giving the child a sensorial boost!


1. Have your child trace patterns in sand, cornmeal, finger paint, etc.

2. Using different material, encourage your child to copy patterns or create their own

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.