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!
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