I adore pattern blocks, but they can sometimes be frustrating to kids – particularly kids who don’t have a lot of experience using them. You get something all set up, and then you (or, worse, someone else) accidentally knocks your creation and everything falls apart! This is, of course, a great opportunity for kids to practice patience, problem-solving, and resilience, but sometimes it’s nice to not deal with the frustration. You can buy magnetic pattern blocks, which makes things easier, but we don’t have those. Instead, every once in a while I pull out our contact paper and stick it to the floor, a table, or the wall so the kids can create giant pattern block scenes to their heart’s delight. This is an easy solution for frustration free pattern block play for kids!
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I set this particular sheet up with two-year-old Anna one morning while the kids were at school. She really enjoyed building with the larger yellow hexagons especially, and then she added one of our counter turtles, making him go around from one scene to another.
Lily joined in when she got home from kindergarten, and the wound up creating quite an impressive scene together!
We also love combining our pattern blocks with play dough – the play dough acts as a cement of sorts, and the older kids can build some pretty impressive structures this way! We own both plastic and wood pattern blocks. The wood ones work better for the contact paper play because they are perfectly flat. The plastic pattern blocks were nicely with the play dough because they are non porous.
Our other favorite way to use contact paper is for home-made vinyl wall décor. This is a really fun way for kids to personalize their rooms!