Do you find yourself struggling to come up with new and creative ways to teach preschoolers shapes? Look no further! This blog post offers a variety of fun and educational activities using our free Fall Pattern Block Mats. Save these for your fall math activities, because these mats are more than just matching shapes.
Not only do these mats provide an entertaining way for young students to learn vital math concepts like geometry, patterning, and sizing; they also give them the opportunity to discover their own experiences while exploring fine motor development.
Incorporating fall pattern block mats into your preschool classroom can be a fantastic way to encourage hands-on learning while also celebrating the season.
These specially designed mats feature various fall-themed images and words, such as “leaf,” “pumpkin,” or “acorn. ” Students can build the pattern block pictures and then write the word with rainbow writing or with a dry erase marker.
When choosing math activities for preschoolers, integrating different content areas is an effective strategy.
The beauty of fall pattern block mats is that they cater to multiple areas of learning. It’s not just about learning shapes and practicing writing. We use them for all sorts of activities in the classroom.
Why Use Pattern Blocks Mats
There are lots of ways in which preschoolers can benefit from pattern block activities like this one. These are very similar to our popular summer pattern block mats.
Pattern block work can:
- Develops Spatial Reasoning
- Using pattern blocks helps children understand spatial relationships and recognize patterns, both critical aspects of geometric thinking.
- Enhances Fine Motor Skills
- Manipulating the small blocks improves hand-eye coordination and develops fine motor skills, which are essential for tasks like writing.
- Promotes Problem-Solving Skills
- Children learn to problem solve as they figure out how to use different shapes to fill in a pattern or create their own design.
- Encourages Mathematical Thinking
- Pattern blocks introduce children to concepts like symmetry, fractions, and measurement in a hands-on, intuitive way.
- Teaches Sorting and Classification
- Children naturally sort and classify the blocks by shape or color, developing important early math skills.
- Improves Concentration
- Working with pattern blocks requires focus and patience, helping children improve their attention span.
Free Pattern Block Mats for Fall Theme
The beauty of fall pattern block mats is that they cater to multiple areas of learning. Here are the details of how to use this free printable.
This freebie includes seven pages of pattern block mats. Each page also has the word of the image printed in a traceable font, so your preschooler not only works their geometry knowledge but also their fine motor and tracing skills.
Each mat features a fall-themed word that students can trace, helping them familiarize themselves with letter formation and word writing, as well as the shapes that create the pictures.
Of course, since this is a pattern block template, you’ll need some pattern blocks.
The Set Up
The set up couldn’t be easier. All you have to do it print the pattern block mats and teach!
If you plan to use these in dry erase pouches and use them over and over again, then print on heavy cardstock. If you plan to use them as pattern block worksheets where the students color them in, then regular printer paper is fine.
Place the mats, along with some pattern blocks, on a table or tray and invite your preschooler to join you in some shape fun!
How to Use Pattern Block Mats
My first step in using pattern block templates like this one is to just give the children a few minutes to play on their own. When the children are ready to formally use the mats, follow these steps:
- Select a mat and identify the picture(s) on the mat.
- Read the word aloud and point out how the word is the written version of the name.
- Fill in the mats with pattern blocks, talking about the colors and shapes as you do.
- Write the word, following correct letter formation.
- Allow the children to follow your guidance and complete a mat on their own.
Another Way to Use Pattern Blocks
Alternatively, after your preschoolers have filled in the pattern block template, they can remove one piece at a time and color the paper like a worksheet.
This is a good option for children who enjoy coloring and writing. Some preschoolers do not enjoy coloring because it still feels very laborious. In this case, coloring the templates like a worksheet will not provide any benefit to your preschooler.
On of my favorite parts about using these mats like worksheets, though, is using them for rainbow writing fall words.
You can introduce rainbow writing by having kids trace the word in multiple colors, which not only makes learning fun but also reinforces memory recall.
Picture Books About Fall
Pattern Blocks Worksheets
If you’re looking for more worksheet style patter block templates, I’ve found some for you! These worksheets are designed for advance preschoolers or kindergarten students as they require more pencil control and math skills.
- “I Can Build” Fall Pattern Block Mats
- Build and Count Fall Pattern Block Worksheets
- Pattern Block Worksheets for Fall
Fall Shape Activities
Simple fall shape activities can easily be added to your fall preschool lesson plans. Try out some of these.
- Fall Shape Board Games
- Fall I Spy Worksheets
- Farm Shape Mats
- Fall Shape Cut and Paste Pictures
- Shape Lesson Plans for Preschool
Get Your Fall Pattern Blocks Mats Here
The charm of these autumn pattern block mats lies in their capacity to stimulate diverse areas of learning. These unique mats display a variety of autumn-related illustrations. What a fun way to bring fall into your classroom. Grab your free set below!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.