Rainy weather forced me to postpone one of my planned spring sports preschool themes, so I needed something new. Trying to build (haha) on his love of blocks and building right now, I thought I’d try to tie a theme around pattern blocks! (That link goes to my favorite set of wooden ones — most like the ones I loved while I was in school!)
So thanks to great free resources and ideas, I’m happy to present 11 Pattern Blocks Preschool Trays!
- Pattern Blocks Preschool Sight Words
- Subtraction with Blocks
- Color Your Own Pattern Blocks
- Fill the Triangle
- Magnetic Patterns
- Pattern Blocks Preschool Graph
- Pattern Strips
- Paper Craft with Pattern Shapes
- Geometric Pattern Block Templates
- Pattern Blocks Turkey
- Graph Recording Sheet
- This is solely based off this Sight Words activity, thank you for the idea!
- I wrote a few simple sight words on paper squares, and gave him an example of how you could build the word “is” with blocks.
- This way of teaching subtraction is everywhere so thank you everyone!
- I made some quick problems on the computer, such as 5 squares at the size of the orange square pattern block, then 5-2 and a blank to write in the answer.
- Use the square and rhombus blocks to figure out the answer!
- I printed out the easy-cut shapes – thick lines and gave him Twistables so he could make blocks in his own colors!
- I really liked the challenge here – how many ways can you fill the triangle? All we need here are pattern blocks and this awesomely helpful triangle printable!
- Here we used This Reading Mama’s awesome Pattern Block Graph & Tally Pack so we could practice graphing!
- I placed 10 or less of each kind of block in the container for this process.
- Naturally we wanted to do something with patterns this week, and you know how much I love functional printables in black and white. These pattern block strips (I used the black and white ones) are great, and show what kind of pattern each one is.
- He is so into crafts right now, I wanted to find a way to let him make something with pattern shapes. I was SO glad to find these printable full color pattern block templates!
- I cut them out in advance so he could go straight to creating. I put the “blocks” in a standard six-cup muffin silicone pan and gave him black cardstock and a glue stick to create something cool!
- Oh wow, how cool are these geometric pattern block templates! What an amazing resource (and in black and white, no less)!
- I printed out the whole set but this time we just used the hexagons.
- I wanted some sort of template where a few blocks were easy, but they would need to be filled in otherwise. This Thanksgiving turkey pattern block mat fit the bill perfectly!
- Please note that this version is from the bottom of the page as one of the “challenge” activities. I liked how some of the pieces to place were clear to help get him started, but would promote him to think through the more abstract part.
- This is another great resource from the free Pattern Block Graph & Tally Pack
- I decided to give the reigns to him, in a sense. I put a pile of blocks in a container, and let him kind of decide how many blocks he wanted to use to make a design. Then, we’d help him use the recording sheet to keep track of what he did.
I loved how adaptable this activity is.
There are so many great pattern blocks printables and resources out there! Here are a few more that we didn’t use this time around:
- Cover Up Game from
- Pattern Blocks Sudoku Printables (found through this pattern blocks math roundup
- Composing 2D Shapes Cards
- And, the ultimate source for pattern blocks templates is absolutely Jessica’s Corner of Cyberspace — I have linked there four times already! Wonderful and amazingly generous stuff.
This was a really fun theme! I so distinctly remembering being done with schoolwork in first and second grade, then sitting in the back of the room and playing with these wonderful wooden blocks! I’m glad that we have been able to have fun playing and learning with them, too.