Use these printable pet pattern block mats to teach young children simple math concepts and keep them entertained!
Pattern block mats are a great resource to introduce toddlers, preschoolers, prek, and kindergarten children to simple math concepts.
Kids can learn many skills from playing with these puzzle mats including fine motor skills, shape recognition, patterns, counting, symmetry and so much more!
Today we’re sharing these cute pattern block mats that are perfect for keeping kids busy, learning and having fun!
Pet Pattern Block Mats For Kindergarten
Many people often use the terms tangram mats and puzzle block mats interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same.
We’ve in fact titled many of our blog posts with the word tangram when they’re actually pattern block mats since so many people use tangram when they mean pattern block mats.
Tangrams Vs. Pattern Blocks
What exactly is the difference between these two terms?
Tangrams have 7 pieces which include a parallelogram, a square and 5 triangles. The 5 triangles are broken down into 2 big triangles, a medium triangle, and 2 small triangles.
Puzzle blocks, on the other hand, have 6 unique pieces. These consist of a square, a triangle, a hexagon, a trapezoid and 2 different sized rhombuses.
The printable PDF mats that we’ve made today are for use with pattern block mats. You can get the pattern blocks we use at home, here.
Animal Pattern Block Templates
Depending on the age of the child using these pattern block mats, you can help them learn different skills like:
- naming shapes
- discussing the basics of geometry
- working on fine motor skills
- work on counting
- color recognition
- pattern recognition
and so much more!
What we love most about it though is the fact that the kids have no idea they’re learning because they’re having so much fun doing it!
Inside this printable pet pack, we’ve included the following pattern block templates:
When you download this pack you’ll get a 21 page PDF that includes 7 pages of full color templates, 7 pages of black and white pattern block pictures, and 7 pages with no background (for those who want to use less ink).
We usually print out mats out on heavy, white card stock then laminate them for durability. In fact, we’ve had our original set of tangram puzzle mats for over a year and a half and they still look brand new!
Pattern Block Mat Activity Book
Another genius way to use the mats is to create a busy book to take with you on the go.
To make one, simply laminate your pages then add adhesive velcro to the mat and the back side of the pattern blocks. You can hole punch the mats and add them into a 3 ring binder to take with you to doctor appointments, car rides or wherever you go!
Our kids love using and playing with these pattern block printables and we bet yours will too!
If you’d like to try this activity out with your child, don’t forget to enter your email in the form at the end of the post to get your free sample pattern block mat.
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