Get the free printable pack of bird pattern block designs for STEM centres in your preschool and kindergarten! Children will learn the names of birds, practice building skills and math – all at once.
In most classrooms, whether homeschool or traditional, pattern blocks are nothing new. These little tiles fill a particular niche – they are sturdy, portable, inexpensive, and they encourage children to build.
Here are the classic pattern blocks, made from painted wood. Quite pleasant to touch! We also like magnetic pattern blocks – they’re good to work with because designs do not slip, and they’re also really easy to bring along on road trips, to appointments, and restaurants.
The pattern blocks usually come with a few design templates. Now, my kids like building their own creations, but they also enjoy working on those design cards. It’s like building puzzles to them. Following instruction is a different mental activity than imaginative building, but it is an equally useful exercise!
In the past, we made alphabet pattern block designs and spring pattern block designs. Today, we added bird pattern block designs to our collection. This pack is free, and it will go well with animal unit study, especially if you have an emphasis on birds (check this game of matching male and female birds and bird nature art prompts as well!). This pack of designs is also good as a general spring or summer STEM challenge.
The pattern block designs are suitable for a variety of ages. Older toddlers and preschoolers will like playing with them, but our designs come with an additional challenge for older kids as well, so they can also be useful for kindergarten and grade one.
Download the free pack at the end of post!
About the Bird Pattern Block Templates
First of all, there are two scales of cards: four designs on one sheet (convenient card size) and one design per sheet (100% scale and easiest to replicate for young children).
Second, there are coloured and black-and-white templates: the former are easier to use, while the latter encourage children to pay attention to the shape rather than the colour.
Third, there are cards that ask children to solve an additional mathematical problem by counting the blocks of a certain colour and the number of all blocks used.
There are five designs in this free pack – an owl, a flamingo, a robin, a rooster, and a duck. What other birds can your children make?
Benefits of Using Pattern Block Cards
Using them is good for a multitude of reasons! For instance, it is beneficial for:
- Practicing basic math skills: matching, counting, shape and colour recognition, and patterning
- Developing critical thinking and spatial awareness while working on building challenges
- Working on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
- This particular set is also good for introducing some common birds as a part of a larger bird unit study.