# Outer Space Pattern Block Mats

Kids of all ages love learning about outer space! Whether you’re looking for a fun math activity to add to your space unit or you want to entertain your future astronaut with a quick prep activity, these free outer space pattern block mats are a perfect fit.

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Prepping for these mats was as quick and simple as they come.

I printed the space pattern block mats (below) and then cut along the grey lines to separate the halves. (Included in this download is one color copy for preschoolers who are just beginning to recognize shapes, plus a black and white version for more advanced mathematicians.)

Then, I grabbed our set of pattern blocks and called Middle Brother (age 4.5) over to join me!

## Building with Pattern Blocks

Middle Brother has had plenty of practice building with pattern blocks. (They’re an incredibly entertaining quiet time activity!) He is still learning the names of each shape though, so we began by picking up one shape at a time. We talked about its unique characteristics (the number of sides, the number of corners, etc.) and then practiced saying its name.

After our quick review, I gave Middle Brother the colored rocket and invited him to cover it with pattern blocks.

Each time he picked up a new shape, I named it. For instance, when he grabbed the red trapezoid below, I said, “Now you’re sliding the red trapezoid into place.”

Once he was finished building, I wanted to take the learning one step further so we worked together to count each of the shapes. There were no hexagons in the rocket, so we wrote a zero on that line.  But when we moved on to trapezoids, Middle Brother was excited to count four!

When our counting was finished, Middle Brother was eager to move on to the next challenge: a black and white pair of stars.

Although Middle Brother wasn’t quite ready to tackle it, his older brother (age 6) loved playing around with the pattern blocks to see how many different ways he could cover the star shape. These pattern block mats kept him focused and entertained for a LONG time.

Ready to start building?! Click the blue button below to download your copy and then hop over and snag our Outer Space Activity Pack, too.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Outer Space Bingo // Playdough to Plato

Rocket Name Puzzle// Teach Me Mommy

Space Theme Sensory Bin // Pre-K Pages

Space Counting Mats: Addition and Subtraction // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Solar System Scavenger Hunt // Mom Inspired Life

Space Themed Matching Cards // Powerful Mothering

Outer Space Pattern Block Mats // The STEM Laboratory

Google Drive Space Facts Activity // DIY Farm Wife

Stars in Space Sticky Wall // Modern Preschool

Space Theme Grid Games // Stay at Home Educator

Counting On Planet Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection

Play Dough Constellations // Play & Learn Everyday

Solar System Bracelet // Still Playing School

Space Sensory Bin // Sugar Spice and Glitter

Space Syllables // Fairy Poppins

Space Themed Number Writing Practice // Preschool Inspirations