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Pattern Blocks

Use these pattern block activities to support your child's understanding of geometric shapes and their attributes. Children often enjoy using pattern blocks to explore symmetry and create designs.


Pattern blocks come in six shapes in six different colors: yellow hexagons, orange squares, blue parallelograms, red trapezoids, green triangles, and tan rhombuses.

Activities Involving Pattern Blocks:

  • Pattern Block Outlines

    • Print these pages for your child to trace, cut out, and color their own pattern blocks.

  • Symmetry with Pattern Blocks

    • Use this handout to explain, teach, and explore symmetrical shapes and lines of symmetry.

  • Pattern Block Designs

    • This handout introduces pattern blocks by name, shape, and color for children to categorize the designs they make in a table.

  • Building Larger Shapes

    • Use this handout to practice building larger shapes using the pattern blocks.

  • Snowflake Symmetry

    • This handout discusses symmetry using everyday shapes.

  • Turkey Template

    • This activity card encourages children to use pattern blocks to outfit a turkey

  • Pattern Blocks with Partners

    • Have children create their own shape and then trade outlines to challenge their partner to fill in their creation.

  • Bigger Shapes

    • Learn about congruency and have children build bigger shapes with their pattern blocks.

  • How Many Rectangles?

    • Explore rectangles and their attributes, then have child create their own.

  • Pattern Block Patterns

    • Use this activity card to practice completion and creation of patterns.

  • Pattern Block Numbers

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