This multi-sensory gallery for under-8s encourages excitement and curiosity about patterns in the world around us.
It contains a range of hands-on exhibits which allow children to explore patterns in different ways, developing skills such as:
- Recognising different types of pattern, including simple symmetry
- Exploring how patterns change
- Creating 2D and 3D forms and patterns
- Observing, predicting, experimenting, problem-solving and classifying
It also shows that patterns are just not visual - there are sound patterns, time patterns, movement patterns and texture patterns too.
- Touch Patterns: explore fun and familiar texture patterns along a wall.
- Pattern Trails: follow the baby, dog, duck and robot trails.
- Spiral and Hexagon Pattern Areas: see and touch hexagons and spirals- two patterns that frequently occur in nature.
- Body Sound Patterns: turn a dial to change the body's activity, e.g. running, eating, sleeping, and listen to the resulting changes in body sounds, including heart, breathing and intestine sounds!
- Tiling Patterns: fit together magnetic kite and dart shapes to form different tessellated patterns.
- Movement Patterns: body movements are captured and re-projected in a colourful display in a specially enclosed area.
- Symmetry Patterns: draw on the touch screen, and the computer automatically produces a symmetrical image.
- Ripple Patterns: Create movement over our virtual pool to explore water ripples without getting your feet wet
- Night and Day: an animated everyday scene that passes from night to day to night for a visual exploration of time patterns.
- Growing Patterns: plant "seeds" with different shapes pictured on them to "grow" striking fractal patterns.
Groups visiting the gallery are welcomed by our friendly Explainers who inspire children to question and engage with the exhibits