Matching up blocks to their shape and color is a fantastic activity for older toddlers.
My preschooler wanted to join in but that activity was far to simple for him. To challenge him, I added patterns to the mix.
How to Set Up
- Collect your blocks.
- Trace the blocks on a large piece of paper (butcher paper if you have it) using the same color pen or pencil of the blocks, in a pattern.
You can make the patterns simple (ABAB, green, red, green, red) or harder if they already have the grasp of patterning (try ABBABB or ABCABC or mix up the size and colors)!
Time to Play
Invite your preschooler to match the blocks with what’s traced on the paper, or to continue the patterns.
My preschooler chose to play with the pattern. He kept going until he couldn’t find any more blocks.
While he was working he realized that he messed up earlier in the pattern and went back to correct it. I loved that he was able to recognize it. I let him sort it out and didn’t step in.
My preschooler noticed that if a red circle was drawn on the paper, he could use different blocks. A short or tall cylinder can be placed on the red circle. And a rectangle standing on an end could be placed on the square.