Color patterns help us predict what will come next. They are also very pretty! We often see them on our clothing and use them when we decorate for parties. You might have a shirt with red, blue, and white stripes. Maybe you went to a party with bunches of balloons that all went “pink, blue, pink, blue.” Maybe you know someone who loves to decorate using a pattern of their favorite team’s colors, like “black, gold, black, gold.” What other color patterns can you think of?
Color patterns can be made using any colors that are in any order, but the sequence must repeat more than 1 time for it to be a pattern. We can use the pattern to predict what color will come next.
Here you will learn how to continue a color pattern! First, let’s review some common patterns:
AB AB Patterns:
ABB ABB Patterns:
Now let’s practice using color patterns to predict what will come next!
Remember that the sequence must repeat the exact same way as the first part of the sequence.
Practice Question 1
Take a look at this pattern. What color will come next?
Look at the first sequence. Notice that it has 1 green and then 1 blue. We see that repeated next.
Let’s try it!
– We are starting with the pattern “green, blue.” That same sequence is repeated. Then we have another green. What will come after the green?
Since patterns always repeat in the same order, we can answer this question by looking back at the other greens. The same color will come after each green every time.
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Practice Question 2
Look at the picture below. What color comes next in this pattern?
Label the blue items “A” and the red ones “B.” There are always 2 blue items followed by 1 red item.
Practice Question 3
Take a look at this picture. What will come next in the pattern?
Label the blue objects “A.” Label the orange objects “B.” Then label the red objects “C.”
Practice Question 4
What color will come next in this pattern?
You can label each color as A, B, or C to see what color should come next.
Practice Question 5
Look at this picture. What color will come next in this pattern?