2D Shape Pattern Block Challenge Cards

These printable 2D shape challenge cards are perfect for young children learning about 2D shapes and their attributes while making differentiation easy for teachers.

We've been focusing on 2D shapes in our classroom this past month. We been exploring the basic 2D shapes with different books, through shape art activities and during hands-on play which is a big part of any early childhood setting. You can read that post by clicking here. I love using blocks in class and these wooden pattern blocks have been a firm favourite since I was a child. Pattern blocks are irresistible but I wanted to extend the type of play I was seeing while creating an opportunity for children to read independently and problem solve too. With that in mind, I created these different sets of printable 2D shape challenge cards to go with our pattern blocks.

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2D Shape Printable Challenge Cards - Easy to read, printable 2D shape cards perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Three different sets of cards to challenge preschoolers while they learn about shapes | you clever monkey
It's not the first time I've used challenge cards to prompt block play in the Early Years. One of the most viewed posts on this blog is this invitation to play with blocks I created for the preschoolers I worked with.

These new challenge cards are centred around 2D shapes and I have created three different sets of cards. The first set are templates of different shapes which we have been using as an invitation to play. Some children have been laying the blocks directly onto the shape template while others have been building theirs next to the card. It's allowed us to talk about each shape's attributes during play while helping develop their hand-eye co-ordination.


2D Shape Printable Challenge Cards - Easy to read, printable 2D shape cards perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Three different sets of cards to challenge preschoolers while they learn about shapes | you clever monkey

As an extension to this, I created some cards with just the outline of the shapes to invite children to work out how to fill them. Lots of trial and error while the children worked with these cards.

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The remaining set of cards are perfect for children ready for more of a challenge. Each card provides them with a question - Can you build...? Along with the number of shapes required to achieve. I've created some simple ones to get started along with some harder cards which use more shapes.


2D Shape Printable Challenge Cards - Easy to read, printable 2D shape cards perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Three different sets of cards to challenge preschoolers while they learn about shapes | you clever monkey

We have used all of these cards in our maths centres whilst exploring shapes and, since then, as a means of reviewing our knowledge. I've also used them as a literacy centre activity - who says you can only do maths in maths lessons! 

Altogether there are more than 160 different cards ready to print out and challenge the children in your class!


2D Shape Printable Challenge Cards - Easy to read, printable 2D shape cards perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Three different sets of cards to challenge preschoolers while they learn about shapes | you clever monkey

Early readers can be taught to use these cards independently as I've incorporated images to help support their reading. They might not be able to read the word square but can recognise the shape they see and the colours of the different pattern blocks which are uniform. Talk your students through the first one and then away they will go!


2D Shape Printable Challenge Cards - Easy to read, printable 2D shape cards perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Three different sets of cards to challenge preschoolers while they learn about shapes | you clever monkey

'Did you make a square?'
'Yes!'
'And did you use 9 squares to make it?'
'1, 2, 3....'
It really was that easy for 5-7 year olds in my class.

2D Shape Printable Challenge Cards - Easy to read, printable 2D shape cards perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Three different sets of cards to challenge preschoolers while they learn about shapes | you clever monkey


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10 comments

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    1. Thanks Be A Fun Mum - they've been lots of fun to use :)

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  2. These are a wonderful way to add to learning shapes or a review of shapes.

    Thank you for sharing these "freebies." Much appreciated!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Brandy and I'm glad you found the cards useful :)

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  3. These are great. I love the rocket :) sharing

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    1. Thanks Brain Power Boy and thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I LOVE these, thanks for the awesome printable!

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  5. These are such a great use of the blocks, particularly for older kids that are bored with the pattern mats. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. They've been great as a maths centre in my classroom LeAnn. Thanks for your comment :)

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