These differentiated, no prep spin and cover Thanksgiving pattern block mats put a fun spin on traditional pattern block activities. Add them to your math centers in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Your kids will love them!
Thanksgiving Pattern Block Mats
We are seriously having a blast with these Thanksgiving pattern block mats! My kids were asking to use them before I even finished printing them all and they wanted to use them over and over again.
I actually made two versions. One with just the pattern block design and one with the spinner. After using both, I asked my kids which one they preferred and both insisted that the spinner version was the best. They loved the added aspect of spinning the spinner and covering a spot on the mat.
I have also made them in such a way that it is very easy for you to print in black and white without sacrificing the design of the activity.
PLUS, these pattern block mats are print and play! No cutting or prep work involved!
Differentiating the Pattern Block Mats
After we decided on the spin and cover version of the mats, I 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 Thanksgiving Pattern Block Mats
- Thanksgiving 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.
- Print the mats on cardstock for added durability.
- Gather pattern blocks and spinners.
Using this Pattern Block Activity
Students will spin the spinner and then cover the corresponding shape on the mat.
This continues until they have covered all of the spaces on the mat and the design is complete.
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.
As they add more pattern blocks, they may need to move shapes around to complete the design.