Pattern blocks are a wonderful math manipulative that kids love! They have many other uses besides teaching math.  Kids love using pattern blocks because they are open-ended and feel like play. 

The small, colorful shapes are perfect for making learning hands on and engaging.  My kids LOVE plastic pattern blocks. They also make wooden pattern blocks if you prefer natural materials. They can follow mats or create their own designs. Preschoolers will love building letters and practicing their alphabet with these Free Printable Uppercase Alphabet Pattern Block Letters!

Free beginning sounds alphabet mats with uppercase letters in pattern blocks for kindergarten literacy centers.

Recommended Grade Level:

Uppercase Letter Pattern Block Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Dry Erase Markers

Learning Capital Letters With Pattern Block Templates

HANDS-ON LEARNING UPPER CASE LETTERS IN PRESCHOOL

FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES THAT ALSO INVOLVE LITERACY AND MATH SKILLS STIMULATE THE BRAIN IN MULTIPLE WAYS.

It is a good fit to use these upper case alphabet pattern block printables with young children because lowercase letters are the ones they will see most often in written text. Starting with lowercase letter practice will help set a strong foundation for reading and writing. These pattern block cards are so much fun for kids too!

Pattern block alphabet letters look a bit different than letters children will see in text. Discuss with students how it is different than we would write it. Challenge them: is there another (better) way you can form the letters with the set of blocks?

This will actually help them remember the correct shape of the letters because more of their brain and body is involved.

We also talk about the pictures on the left side. These are all pictures of words that begin with the letter on the mat. This is a great opportunity for practicing beginning sounds.

The last part of the mat is to count the number of each of the shape used, adding another math component to the pattern block pictures. It is fantastic to integrate a little math with our literacy stations! We cross off each shape or you can count the number of each block and write them inside the block picture.

In addition to learning uppercase letter names and sounds, you can pose additional questions to young learners.

  • Do you have this letter in your name?
  • What is your favorite letter? Why?
  • What letter sounds are fun to make?
  • Do some of the letters look the same/different?

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Building Uppercase Letters With Pattern Blocks?

BLOCK PATTERNS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

FINE MOTOR SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT TO STRENGTHEN BECAUSE KIDS NEED THEM TO WRITE LETTERS AND NUMBERS AND WORDS. PATTERN BLOCK ACTIVITIES ARE A GREAT WAY TO WORK THOSE MUSCLES.

Preschoolers will love building letters with a set of 250 blocks! In addition to the English alphabet, they will “secretly” learn:

  • Letter names
  • Letter sounds
  • Initial sounds in words (first letter of each word)
  • Shapes
  • Colors
Place pattern blocks on the uppercase letter pattern block mat to form the uppercase letter 'a' with this free printable literacy center for preschoolers.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Letters?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning letters in early childhood helps prepare kids to learn how to read when they enter kindergarten and well beyond (think proper nouns and more)!

Background Knowledge: When children begin to learn about the shapes we call letters, it sets their brains up for success. Soon they will need to understand that each letter represents a different spoken sound.

Understand Reading: Children with letter knowledge can easily make the jump from naming different letters to understanding that letters are truly a code for how to read.

Improve Fluency: The goal before learning to read would be to be able to effortlessly name letters, both uppercase and lowercase. That ease makes the transition to learning sounds much less difficult.

Make Connections: Preschoolers often learn letter names, letter sounds, and how to write letters simultaneously. It helps them make connections as to how they all relate to each other and to the bigger picture of reading.

How to Make The Uppercase Letter Snap Cube Mats

To Prep:

Print out the printable pattern block mats. Using some sort of protector for printable activities is a must for me. Both lamination or dry erase pouches work well and have their own benefits.

Lamination is more permanent but dry erase pouches are quicker. If choosing to laminate, go ahead and laminate the alphabet pattern block mats. If you choose to use the pouches, add the printable pattern block templates to the pouch. Either way will allow the cards to be written on and reused.

To Use:

Start with any letter. You can go with A-Z or completely random. A great way to start is to use the letters in the child’s name.

We start the free pattern block template activity off by discussing which letter it is. We say the letter name and start with beginning sounds. I point to the picture and ask what the picture is and then emphasize the beginning sounds.

Create uppercase letters with these free printable literacy activities for pre-k. Build uppercase letters with pattern blocks and identify beginning sounds of words.

Next:

Next we build the letter with the pattern block shapes while using the pattern block designs on the sheet. When the pattern block letter is formed, we use the dry erase marker to mark the shape and circle or trace the letter.

Finally, remove the pattern blocks, wipe the mat, and repeat with a new letter!

Shape ID: Use the mats to focus solely on shape recognition instead of letters. Children can identify each shape as they place it on the template.

Sensory Bin: Add another way to work fine motor skills by hiding the shapes in a sensory bin. Kids have to sift and find a shape before placing it on the mat.

Play a Game: Make the alphabet activity into a game! Sort shapes into six numbered piles beforehand. Kids must roll a die and choose the designated shape only to build a lowercase letter.

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