The children in Reception have been learning about shapes, names of very common shapes (triangle, square, circle, rectangle) and the characteristics of the shapes and how they differ from one another. During outdoor learning the children were challenged to create their own patterns using materials found outside on the playground. As playing with Lego is popular in our classes, we used them to teach the children how to make pattens. Then children independently used the brightly coloured outdoor Lego bricks to create different patterns. In the classroom the children worked in their small learning groups and were challenged to use different colour of cubes and to create as many different patterns as possible. The results were fantastic, some children created three colour patterns and using sticky shapes and paper, the children were assessed on their ability to independently create their own shape patterns. At this stage in Reception, the children begin to recognize, create, and describe patterns, and begin to explore the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.