Mama's Treasure Box: Pattern Blocks

 

For the past few weeks, we have been talking about Mama’s Treasure Box. To read previous posts, click the highlighted link below:

Traveling Coloring Organizers

Books

Puzzles

Pattern blocks have so many great qualities and reasons to add them to your Treasure Box! They can help with learning shapes, colors, sorting, matching, building, patterning, creativity, and more! The pattern blocks themselves are relatively inexpensive, and you can either purchase templates, print them at home, or go without them. No matter what you choose, the fun is endless!

 Pattern Blocks and Templates

Pattern Blocks and Templates

Pattern Block sets come in six shapes and colors: yellow hexagons, red trapezoids, orange squares, green triangles, tan parallelograms and blue diamonds (rhombus). One of my favorites things to do with the Pattern Blocks is to create a picture and have my son copy it. Then, it is his turn to make a picture and for me to copy it. This gives him an opportunity to follow steps AND be the leader. He loves to create different animals, vehicles, and foods with his pattern blocks and get the chance to be the “teacher” when I cannot figure out how to recreate his pattern.

Pattern Block templates are also a great resource. The templates allow for less creativity, but they help with fine motor and problem-solving skills since they have to twist, turn, flip or rotate the blocks to make the pattern. Some of my favorite templates are found HERE.

Using the pattern blocks, you could stack them different ways to see which blocks you can make the tallest tower with (be sure to count them along the way!), or you could build two-dimensional towns to act out stories in. When it is time to pick them up, ask your child to find all the blue blocks or the squares, etc. This helps with sorting and reinforcing colors and shapes.

Pattern Block Tips: Little hands often have a hard time placing the pattern blocks next to each other without bumping them out of place. To solve this, put the hook side of Velcro pieces on one side of the pattern blocks. Then, use one of the felt boards you have from the felt board sets to hold the pieces in place. This will help build your child’s fine motor skills and teach patterning.  

Coming up next week: Fine and Large Motor Activities