Activity for ages 3 to 6.
Pattern blocks are always a fabulous way to learn about shapes but our free snowman pattern block mats take kids’ learning to the next level by adding in a dose of counting and addition practice too. Grab your set below and then hop over and snag our complete Roll and Cover Pattern Block Pack!
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Preparing the activity was a synch! I printed the pattern block mats (below) and grabbed our dice and a box of pattern blocks. (You can grab the blocks on Amazon HERE.)
Note: Because I wanted to practice counting and number recognition with Little Sister (age 3) and wanted to work on addition with Middle Brother (age 5), I printed one copy of each mat. Depending on your learning goals, you could either print both sets too or you could stick with just one version.
Roll and Cover
I invited Little Sister (age 3) over to join me first. I gave her one die and invited her to roll it.
A two! Little Sister recognized the number of dots right away but needed some help finding the matching number on her mat. With a little help, she found a spot and grabbed a trapezoid to cover it.
One roll after the next, she rolled the die, counted the dots and covered the matching number on her mat.
And when the picture was complete, we worked together to count the number of each shape.
Roll, Add and Cover
Meanwhile, across the table, Middle Brother (age 5) was working on addition. Instead of rolling just one die, he tried his luck with two and added together the numbers that landed on top.
To give him plenty of practice reading and solving addition problems, I had him say the number sentence out loud. (“Two plus two equals four.”)
We also talked a lot about the shapes as he covered them – the number of sides they had, whether those sides were parallel or perpendicular…
And then, just like Little Sister, we counted up the number of each shape when he had completely covered the mat.
Grab Your Set
Click the blue button below to grab your free pattern block mats and then keep scrolling to find more inspiring snowman activities for kids!
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