The Pattern Pals series was developed by The Science and Stories Collaborative at Purdue University. The books were designed to introduce young children to patterning skills from simple repeating patterns and generalizing patterns to more advanced patterns such as growing patterns. The content for these books was selected from research-based teacher education training content available on the DREME Math group website. The books were also developed with built-in prompts for caregivers to use to enhance the reading experience with children. Illustrations by Kristina Tartara.
Zoe the Parrot sets up a surprise party. Whose birthday is Zoe celebrating, anyway? Together, Zoe and Clara use the secret birthday girl’s favorite colors to decorate the party in different patterns before the big reveal. This book enriches the familiar setting of birthday parties with beautiful colors and patterns. Not only is it a fun and intriguing mystery, but the book has been designed to help young children learn simple patterning skills in an enjoyable way.
Zoe the Parrot goes to Clara the Chameleon’s house for her first sleepover. They’re both excited for this new adventure, but Zoe misses her own home. Fortunately, through the power of patterns and imagination, Clara reveals how similar their houses really are! It a hopeful story about friendship and is designed to help young children learn early patterning skills. It shows that things using different colors or shapes can still have the same pattern.
Clara shows Zoe all the different things they can do in the library, but Zoe is having a hard time being quiet! Through a series of bumps and tumbles with books and blocks, they explore and build growing patterns. Not only is it a funny story about making mistakes and being yourself, but the book has been designed to help young children learn about growing patterns. It shows that similar increases or decreases across sets of images or objects can be patterns.
Over the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, I worked with a small group of Purdue Honors College students who developed an animated version of Birthday Beeps and Boops. You can learn all about the process they used for their animation on their website. We hope you enjoy watching the video below!