Pattern Block Safari

Well, if you read my post last week, you know I was planning to make more play dough mats, however… my kids were really interested in the pattern blocks this week. While they were making different animals and designs, I started making some things myself and tracing them out on paper, and I came up with a lion and a giraffe. Since we have been reading a lot of books about safari animals this month, the kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on these.

The mats are great for visual discrimination because they have to match up the shapes. Don’t forget to also encourage children to create their own designs with pattern blocks because they are great for creativity and critical thinking. To encourage the children and show them that the designs they make are valuable, too, I often photograph their pattern block designs. The photo can be saved in their portfolio or emailed home or added to a pattern block book.

Just click the images below to print the pattern block mats. Find more on the Pattern Block Mats page!

These mats are for classroom use only. Do NOT put these pattern block mats on your own site or blog. (Provide a link instead.) Do not sell them. Do not remove my copyright. No derivative works. Thank you for following my terms of use.

pattern block giraffe

Pattern Block Giraffe

Pattern Block Giraffe

Pattern Block Giraffe

Pattern Block Lion

Pattern Block Lion

Pattern Block Lion

Pattern Block Lion

Find more Wild Animal Activities for Preschool here!

Apparently, pattern blocks also make great play food. I had to pull out more pattern blocks because they were disappearing into the House Center.


  1. Trish says

    Am I doing something wrong? I downloaded the latest AA, but there still is a drawing error. These are adorable, so hopefully I can get it to work. Thanks for making these! :)

  2. says

    Thank you so much for sharing these. The ones in my classroom have been around for a while and the kids always like to get new materials to use. Your blog is fantastic and I appreciate all of the items you share with the world.

  3. Kim says

    Thank you so much for these patterns. I could download every one except for the lion. I would love to have it if possible. Thank you!

  4. Mel says

    Thanks so much for these! I could not get the lion or the giraffe to download-but other than that they are all awesome.

  5. Jess says

    Thanks, so much for these! I have been searching the web all day and finally I found exactly what teachers need!

  6. Adriane says

    Thank you for sharing! I was wondering what blocks you used, brand? I think my 3, almost 4 year old, will enjoy using these patterns.

    • says

      Adriane, I don’t know the brand. I’ve always just used what was in my classroom (purchased by the schools I worked in). They are sold in many educational supply catalogs. This is a material that is *supposed* to be the same no matter what company makes them, same size, same color. However, I’ve seen some made in the “wrong” colors. Rarely, but I have seen it.

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