Today’s pattern block activity templates consist of a fun fill in the shape activity. I made them just by putting random pattern blocks on a piece of paper in such a way that all the pattern blocks were touching. Then, I traced around the outside edges of all the pattern blocks. After I made a few pattern block templates, I showed Little Bear how to do the activity.
I put one template in front of him and told him to use the pattern blocks to fill in the empty space. He recognized right away that specific pattern blocks had to be used in specific places. He realized that even though he couldn’t see the each individual line from the pattern blocks, that only certain pattern blocks fit in certain places.
He had a fun time discovering the exact placement of pattern blocks on the template in order to make the shape on the template. As I was creating these fill in the shape pattern block templates, I was worried that the activity would be a little bit too difficult.
Luckily, I was very wrong. This was the perfect difficulty for Little Bear. It wasn’t too easy and he definitely had to think about which shapes to use, but it also wasn’t too hard. He did sometimes need a few hints like, “That diamond looks like it’s too big to fit there. You probably need something skinnier. Can you find a skinnier diamond?”
Since the activity was such a huge success, I made some free printable pattern blocks templates. You are welcome to download them and use them with your child. However, you might have to make a few just by tracing because your child will have so much fun, they won’t want to stop at just 3 pages. I was really happy about how fun this activity was and I plan to play it with Little Bear several times throughout the next few weeks.
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This is such a great idea! I may do something like this with our Tupperware shapes (but a bit simpler as she’s still learning how to match!) x
My kids love pattern blocks. Thanks for the printables. Just pinned!
Thank you so much!
I love this! Simple, basic, and fun! We are featuring your post on Sugar Aunts tomorrow on Share It Saturday. We have a collection from the linky called Back To the Basics: simple and fun play for kids. We think this post is perfect for the collection. Stop by and visit our FB and Twitter pages, we’ll be sharing with our followers there too :)
See you again on Share It Saturday!
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