Pattern block activities are fun for all ages! LM enjoys making new creations, stacking, and counting the shapes. There are a variety of activities that you can do with pattern blocks to enrich your child’s learning and play time.
Open-ended Creativity– Give your child a variety of pattern blocks and give them time to create. Discuss creations with your child to promote communication skills. Little man told me that he is creating a robot. (above) Discuss the shapes and colors used.
Clothespin Color/Shape Match– I created this activity to help with fine-motor development as well as shape and color identification practice. (I painted the clothespins for another activity and then re-used them for this activity.)
This activity can be tricky for little fingers, but with practice and guidance, LM was able to get the hang of it! First, I held the shape and let him clip it on. This helped him to learn how to work the clothespin. Ask: Can you find the red square? Can you find the green circle? You can also just ask for the shape or color- depending on the skill that you want to practice with your child.
Pattern Block Mats: There are a variety of printable mats that you can find online. I traced our shapes to create my own mats for LM. I created a Shape Train Mat and a Shape Robot Mat.
Wondering where to find pattern blocks? There are a variety of sets online at Amazon, but I found this set of foam pattern blocks to be most affordable.
Written by Jen
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Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife
Tuesday 1st of May 2012
Great ideas! My little girl isn't quite ready for some of these, but I should look into getting some pattern blocks and we could begin sorting colors.
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