Pattern blocks are a great tool for young learners. They encourage children to slide, turn, and flip blocks while using their fine motor skills. Playing with pattern blocks exposes to colors, shapes, and texture. I complied a list of some of our favorite activities done with pattern blocks.
3. Patterning: I made some pattern templates to help introduce patterning to Adeline.
4. Make pattern shapes in play dough.
5. Where is the block? Hide a block in the play dough and have a child dig through the dough to find the block.
6. Stick the blocks to clear contact paper taped to a wall.
7. Sort the pattern blocks by shape.
8. Count with pattern blocks.
9. Sort the blocks by color. Here I cut some brown bags down and added a color to the front.
10. Matching to the silhouette of the shape. Matching an item to the black silhouette is more difficult that exact match of an item. I made these cards by tracing the shape.
11. Working some of the great pattern mats at http://prekinders.com/pattern-blocks/. They have many different mats to print up.