These differentiated forest animal pattern block mats put a fun spin on traditional pattern block activities.
Forest Animal Pattern Block Mats
We are loving these forest animal pattern block mats! Just like the fall version, my kids were very excited to use them. Not only that, they ask to use them again and again.
My kids really enjoy the spin and cover aspect of the pattern block mats. They get excited by the added game-like experience.
PLUS, these forest animal pattern block mats are print and play. No cutting or prep work involved!
Differentiating the Pattern Block Templates
I also decided to add a version that is plain and doesn’t show each individual shape within the design. This version is for students who need more of a challenge. These were perfect for my second grader. He enjoyed the added challenge.
The version that shows all of the shapes within each design is perfect for kids in preschool, kindergarten or first grade. Or students who are confused by the more advanced version.
Students can also work independently or in pairs. The added support of a partner may be helpful for students who are struggling to do the pattern block activity independently.
Setting Up the Forest Pattern Block Mats
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- Forest Animal Pattern Block Mats – button to download is at the bottom of this post
- Pattern Blocks – we like to use the magnetic version on top of a small cookie sheet or personal magnetic white board
- Transparent spinners – or use a paperclip and spin it around a dull pencil tip or attach to a brad.
You may want to laminate these, but I am not sure how well the magnetic pattern blocks will work over lamination. I did try them in write and wipe pockets and they worked, but didn’t stick super well.
- Print the mats on cardstock for added durability.
- Gather pattern blocks and spinners.
That’s all! You are going to save lots of time. Now you can add them to your math centers, morning work stations, or even small groups.
Using this Pattern Block Activity
Students will spin the spinner and then cover the corresponding shape on the mat.
Students using the more advanced version will spin the spinner and place the corresponding shape on the mat. They will need to decide where they think it might belong and if they need spin again for a different shape.
As they add more pattern blocks, they may need to move shapes around to complete the design. This is a great way to develop critical thinking skills.
Your kids are going to love these forest animal pattern block mats!
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