I’m embarrassed to admit it, but my stash of pattern blocks sat on the shelves for YEARS collecting dust. ?
I didn’t really know how I could make them engaging for kids and I was too busy trying to keep up on my to do list to dive in and figure it out.
I soooo wish I had these print-and-play pattern block mats back then!
Grab your copy below and then hop over to join The Plato Pack so you can download ALL of our print-and-play STEM centers in one spot!
The prep took practically no time at all!
I simply printed the roll and cover sheets before grabbing dice and a basket of pattern blocks.
NOTE: If you’d like make the sheets sturdier for reuse, slide them through your laminator.
Pattern Block Mats
The thing I love most about these amped up mats is that they gamify the math practice so it feels more like play than schoolwork.
And to make it easy for you to differentiate for a variety of math levels, each mat comes in two versions:
One practices recognizing the numbers 1 to 6 and the other works on adding together sums to 12.
To play, students simply roll the dice and cover the matching number on their pattern block mat.
When they’re through, they add up the total number of each shape used and write it at the bottom of the page.
The mats are a great jumping off point for follow up questions! For instance, you can quickly stretch students’ learning by asking:
- What shape did you use the most?
- What shape did you use the least?
- How many more squares did you use than hexagons?
- How many total shapes did you use?
- What other design can you create with this same stack of shapes?
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Click the blue download button below to grab your copy and then hop over to check out The Plato Pack (our exclusive membership club for Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers) to grab DOZENS more pattern block mats just like these ones.