It’s time to put on the Math Goggles (not sure what these are? Head over here to find out). Last week I invited you to search for math at your local library. But this week I haven’t had much free time for impromptu field trips. So I’m donning my goggles and hunting for math around the house. To make things a bit more interesting, I decided to only look for one thing – patterns.

I found my first pattern walking down the stairs. **Rise-run-spindle-spindle-rise-run-spindle-spindle…** I only have one cat, so the pattern was broken there.

Next I had to put some books away and noticed this weaving pattern on a basket on my bookshelf.

And what about a bookshelf itself? **Large shelf, two small shelves, large shelf, two small shelves**. Moving to an even larger scale, the furniture arrangement pattern in the room (as noticed by my husband) is “**furniture to sit on, furniture to pile books on, furniture to sit on, furniture to pile books on…**“

But of all the patterns I found around the house today, this one had to be my favorite. I had to replace batteries in one of the toys and here it was, **positive-negative-positive-negative** terminals.

What patterns can you find in your house?

**P.S.** Once you start noticing patterns, it gets very addictive. So here’s a cool and very relaxing idea for a collaborative pattern hunt video I found on YouTube. Next time you have a few minutes to spare, doodle the patterns you notice. Here’re my doodles, including the furniture arrangement pattern, the stairs pattern (reflected and rotated), the batteries pattern and a few more.

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This is wonderful! My favorite part is the doodles — inspired! (and beautiful :-)