# Repeating patterns

Many patterns that students experience in early childhood are repeating patterns.

This fence is a **one-dimensional** repeating pattern, that is, the pattern repeats in one direction.

On the other hand, these tiles form a **two-dimensional** repeating pattern, that is, the pattern repeats in two directions (both horizontally and vertically).

The essence of a repeating pattern is that it can be made by repeating a 'chunk' of the pattern.

This chunk is called a **unit of repeat**.

**Can you find units of repeat for the fence and the tiles?**

## One-dimensional repeating patterns

A one-dimensional repeating pattern has a pattern that repeats in one direction, but there is always more than one possible unit of repeat.

## Two-dimensional repeating patterns

Two-dimensional patterns also have more than one possible unit of repeat.

## Repeating patterns and multiplication

Repeating patterns lead easily into ideas of skip counting, multiplication and division, and odd and even numbers.