Pattern blocks are a motivating, hands-on way to teach kids about shapes, patterns, measurement…. even fractions! These playful roll and cover pattern block mats add three more math skills to the list: counting, number recognition and addition.
If you’re into this “sneak peak” of these pattern block mats, head to our store to purchase the whole set of Pattern Block Mats!
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The prep for these pattern block mats was as quick and easy as it comes. I printed the pattern block mats on cardstock to give them extra durability and grabbed our box of pattern blocks.
Note: If you’ll be using the activity in a classroom, you may want to laminate the mats to make them durable enough to handle repeated use.
I pulled out two dice and a pencil and called the boys over to join me. That’s it! Easy peasy.
Pattern Block Mats
Middle Brother (age 4.5) is still working on subitizing – instantly recognizing the number of objects in a set. So I handed him a roll and cover pattern block mat and just one die first.
He rolled his die, counted the dots that landed on top and covered the shape that matched.
When he rolled a three, he covered one of the threes with a yellow hexagon. When he rolled a six, he covered one of the rhombuses labeled with a six…
When his picture was complete, he counted up all of the shapes on his mat and wrote the totals at the bottom.
(If you laminate the mats, have kids write the totals with vis-a-vis markers so they can easily wipe the board clean after you have checked it.)
Meanwhile, Big Brother (age 6.5) was busy working on addition. He rolled two dice, added the numbers together and covered the sum with a pattern block.
Such a simple way to work on shapes, counting, number recognition, adding…. so many things at once. And the best part of all was that the kids LOVED it!!
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