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Teach Math and Literacy with FREE Pattern Blocks Printable Mats
Are you dreaming of summer days yet?
But the thing is that it’s not really a break at all because my little boys are always demanding activities! In fact, as I type this they are getting the preschool chairs lined up along the table so they can do “a glitter-glue sorting activity”. They want to sort the glitter glue by color and then tell me what new colors I need to order for fall. Funny kids.
I love that they are so enthusiastic about learning, though. I mean, how does that just not warm your teacher or parent heart?
So even though it is almost summer and I’m counting down the days to my break, I’m also creating additional resources for my little boys so I can gladly say, “You bet we can do an activity!” when they ask.
That’s how these summer themed pattern blocks printable mats came to be.
My little boys were helping me take inventory of my preschool supplies when they found our bin of pattern blocks, which admittedly we haven’t gotten out in a while. So, their newfound fascination inspired these printable mats.
They are free, so don’t forget to grab your copy at the end of the post.
Summer Pattern Blocks Printable Mats
These are not your average pattern blocks mats. Nope. Since one of my little boys is formally entering kinder this fall, I made this activity to help prepare him for some of the learning and tasks he’ll encounter in a few months.
But we are still keeping it fun, I assure you!
- free pattern blocks printable mats (found at the end of this post)
- pattern blocks
- crayons (optional)
- dry erase sleeve (optional)
- dry erase marker (optional)
Just print and go! You can laminate if you’d like, or depending on the activity variation you may want to put these in a dry erase sleeve. I prefer that over lamination because they erase so much better!
We started by using these mats just like any other pattern block mats. They only come in outline form, which makes matching a little more challenging for preschoolers, but that’s perfect for summer because if your preschooler is getting ready for kinder they are probably ready for the extra challenge!
Here I placed the mats in a dry erase sleeve so that my little boys could practice letter tracing, too. Each mat is labeled, so preschoolers can make the association between the image and its written form.
And, if you put laminate or put these mats into a dry erase sleeve, that adds to the challenge. The pattern blocks might slide a little bit if your preschooler isn’t careful, but that’s ok because this is a fun way for preschoolers to work on their fine motor skills. And, it helps them understand what it means to be gentle, too.
Finally, you can really challenge your rising kindergarten by having them make the image above the pattern block mat and then color in the mat itself. My son going into kinder practice rainbow writing the words, so he got extra letter tracing practice.
Building the image above the mat rather than laying the pattern blocks over the pattern is especially challenging for preschoolers, however, it’s such good practice for critical thinking and puzzle skills. My little boys were drawn to the additional leveled of difficulty.
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Get your Free Summer Pattern Blocks Printable Mats Here!
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Then keep reading for even more printable summer activities for preschoolers!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am 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 range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about 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