Learning and Playing with Pattern Block Designs

Pattern blocks are a classic and common resource found in early childhood classrooms as well as in elementary schools. You might remember using plastic pattern blocks as a child. There are also wooden pattern blocks and magnetic pattern blocks!

Teachers and parents use them across various subject areas and even when they are not used in a specific lesson plan, students love playing and learning with the colorful pieces.

Pattern block cards are a perfect tool to compliment your lesson plans and kids just love playing and designing with them!

Using Pattern Blocks with Preschoolers



  • Practice letters: form the letter shapes with the blocks
  • Practice numbers: use them for counting, adding and subtracting, fractions and more!
  • Make patterns: put patterns together and challenge kids to find what comes next
  • Learn about symmetry: encourage children to create designs that are symmetrical
  • Sorting shapes: kids can sort the blocks by shape or even by number of sides

Alphabet Pattern Block Templates

We have some free pattern block templates that are perfect for children to learn and practice their alphabet! The printables help students assemble pattern block letters.

When they are done, they work on other letter skills and pre-reading practice such as letter tracing and beginning sounds. These pattern block mats come in lowercase and uppercase letters.

“Exactly what I was looking for.”

One of my stronger students partnered with a weaker student and taught him how to manipulate the blocks to help fit the designs on the cards. I love watching this kind of parallel learning and play.

STEM Pattern Block Printables

We have pattern block challenge cards that are perfect for STEM learning! Kids will love going through the pattern block STEM challenges presented and figuring out ways to use the blocks to complete the challenge on the card. Children will be working on engineering skills and be creative too!

A perfect addition for kids learning shapes, the dice gives kids a fun way to work on recognizing shapes and using counting skills. They will roll both dice and make a unique creation!

Pattern Block Animal Templates

You see pattern blocks in math all the time, but you can use them for almost any subject! Take these animal pattern block mats. They are perfect for a science lesson on animals.

Choose from forest, zoo, ocean and farm animal pattern block themes. Kids will use the animal themed mats while working on their fine motor skills. Children carefully create the animal pictured using the template.

They will love the bonus logic puzzle on each mat as well. Each mat challenges kids to use observation skills to spot differences in the animal pictures.

Pattern Block Activities for Kindergarten and Preschool

Looking for more learning fun? Throw those blocks in a bag for some sensory play! You just need clear hair gel for the filler. It is so easy to put together that your child will be able to participate as well.

Bonus tip: use nail polish remover to remove the logo and writing from the bag!

Moving the shapes around the bag provides a fun sensory experience as well as working on fine motor skills.

Kids Can

  • Sort the Shapes
  • Count the Shapes
  • Use the bag as a calm down tool

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