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Anita of Fresno, CA

A mind-bending pattern parade!

Materials Needed

  • 2 or more players
  • one big piece of paper
  • sheets of white paper
  • sheets of colored paper
  • markers
  • scissors



  1. Players each draw two grids that have 6 squares across the top and 6 squares down the side for a total of 36 squares.
  2. Then, they each think of a repeating pattern that goes from one end of the grid to the other. For example, one pattern could be to start in the top corner square and go one square down and one square to the right until the pattern reaches the opposite bottom corner square.
  3. Players draw their patterns on one of the grids. They should make sure that they don't show their patterns to the other players.
  4. Using the blank grid, the other players have to try to figure out a player's pattern. They can do this by marking an X in the squares that they think are part of the pattern. The player who thought up the pattern then tells them if they are right or wrong.

What kinds of patterns did you come up with? How did you go about figuring out other people's patterns? How many different patterns were created during your game? Share your thoughts and ideas with other ZOOMers by sending them to our special ZOOMsci feedback area.

Some of your Results

Kinsey, age 11 of Boulder City, NV wrote:
I had five different people stand on it each time they took 9 steps, and it worked!!

Stephanie, age 12 of Wenham, MA wrote:
I measured my arm span and it was 63 inches wide and my height was also 63 inches so I'm a square.

Taylor, age 10 of New York City, NY wrote:
My friend started a pattern that was a diagonal line with a square around it and I guessed correctly.

Shawn, age 9 of Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
It was a little hard but it was fun.

Paige, age 10 of Hebron, OH wrote:
One person did 1 over 1 down, 2 over 2 down, 3 over 3 down. I did 1 down and 1 over all the way to the bottom corner.

Catherine, age 12 of Monroe, MI wrote:
When I did it I did it I made 5 people stand on it and it worked, and each time they walked 9 steps.

Paige, age 11 of Cincinnati, OH wrote:
When I did it I did it I made 5 people stand on it and it worked, and each time they walked 9 steps.

Neista, age 6 of Warsaw, IN wrote:
My mom and sister could not guess my pattern at first. It took almost a half hour to figure it out. We had lots of fun.

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