We love pattern blocks! Before I had the space or money to buy a traditional set of pattern blocks, I made some paper pattern blocks for my girls. I printed the outlines on colored cardstock and then cut them out (this was a little time consuming). This was several years ago, so Cowgirl and Princess were about two and a half at the time and they loved these! I was worried that the paper would be too thin for little hands to handle, but it wasn’t an issue at all, my girls were able to handle the pieces just fine. We have found several uses for these paper pattern blocks over the past few years, and even though we now have a set of pattern blocks similar to this one
, and this magnetic set
, we keep finding new fun things to do with our paper ones.
The first time we used them I printed out some pattern mats for the girls to lay the pieces on. I recommend putting the pattern mats in sheet protectors or laminating them to make them more durable. I organized all the paper pieces in a dollar store muffin tin. This was a very popular activity for several months.
For Cowgirl’s and Princess’s fifth birthday party I used masking tape to attach clear contact paper to the wall with the sticky side facing out. Then I put the muffin tin with the paper pieces on the floor underneath. I used this as an activity for the kids to do while we were waiting for the rest of our guests. They had so much fun! Most of the pattern pieces came off of the contact paper neatly so the kids could rearrange things if they wanted, and we were able to save the pieces for another activity.
We have also glued our pattern pieces to construction paper to make collages and to decorate drawings, worksheets, plain wrapping paper, and coloring pages.
Want to make some?
- Printable blocks from Jessica’s Corner of Cyberspace – she has several different templates including traditional colors, black and white outlines to be printed on colored paper and several other colors and patterns.
How about some free printable mats and inspiration cards to go with them?
- Pattern block mats from Jessica’s Corner of Cyberspace – animals, vehicles, numbers, transportation, shapes, holidays and more
- Christmas from PreKinders
- Transportation from PreKinders
- Snowflakes from PreKinders
- Animals and games from PreKinders
- Alphabet mats from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- 1-20 mats from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Inspiration cards from Mamas Learning Corner
Here are more ideas for using pattern blocks
- Pattern Block Activities by TeachWithMe
- Making patterns from Moms Have Questions Too