Picture Patterns

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11787

Sometimes, figuring out a pattern takes a bit of detective work to find what it is that repeats. Have no fear! You can do it! You will practice identifying objects and making your own clever patterns!


Counting and Cardinality

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Can you name the pattern shown below

This may be a little tricky! Read on to find out so you can lick the problem!


If you have worked through the previous lessons in this Patterns series, you have learned so much about patterns.

If you missed any of them, you can catch up in the right-hand sidebar under Related Lessons.

You know how to find patterns that come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. In this lesson, you will learn how to find patterns in pictures. In order to do this, you will need to use your detective skills! Your job is to look for details in the pictures and figure out the patterns in each picture.

If you look at the pictures below, you will see there are some similarities and some differences.

  • What are some things you see that are the same?
  • What are some things you see that are different?

Share your answers with your parent or teacher:


You may have noticed that all of the pictures show ice cream in cones; what makes them different is the colors. You can see there is vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream. The pattern is: vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream.

Take a look at the next set of pictures. What pictures do you see? Share your answers with your parent or teacher:


That's right! You can see a green bell pepper, an onion, and a tomato.

  • Do you know what the pattern is?

Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

  • Did you say the pattern is green bell pepper, onion, tomato, green bell pepper, onion, tomato?

Excellent work! You are doing mighty fine job learning about patterns.

In the Got It? section, you will look at some more patterns and play a fun game involving picture patterns practice!

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