Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Flowers - Pattern Blocks and Letter Review. Free Printables.

We are having a week of spring flowers: I combined learning the names of the flowers with the letter reviews and introduction to the pattern blocks. Camilla is happy and motivated to do the activities - YAY - it works!

Spring flowers

I chose pansy, crocus, daffodil, daisy, hyacinth, and tulip for her first exploration of the variety of beautiful flowers. It's not an easy task at this age: to name the flower correctly, they need to be able to compare the colors and shapes of different parts of the flowers. It always amazes me how fast little kids learn and how much they are able to accomplish when they are interested in a subject.

This subject is wonderful: the best colors of the Mother Nature!

There are several activities on each page: name the letter and trace with fingers, name the flower and the first sound of the flower, add the blocks to complete the leaves (and name the letter and the flower while doing it), make the letter from the patter blocks, trace the letters with the marker, match the magnetic letters to the name of the flower.

We are doing one page per day with the tracing the letter review for the next day. Camilla was able to trace the letters with her markers. I offered her to match the magnetic letters to the written word for the first time. She was able to do this, but it was challenging and she got bored quickly. I've realized my mistake: I should offer her only several letters that are in the given word.

Spring flowers - free printables

Here are the links to pattern blocks printables (6 pages of activities). We worked with triangles and squares only for the easiest difficulty level: this was my daughter's first experience with pattern blocks.
Pansy. Crocus.

Pattern blocks

I chose magnetic foam pattern blocks: they are nice and thick, and don't slide around easily. They are available at Amazon from different brands. When choosing pattern blocks, make sure to buy the standard shapes and colors because they can be used with many patterns readily available for different difficulty levels.