Teaching Tools

Wooden Pattern Blocks

A close second to my beloved cuisenaire rods are our wooden pattern blocks.

The cool thing about both of these tools is that the possibilities are endless and the activities can get more and more complex as the girls get older. For now, the girls love using their patterns to make robots, rockets, and kites. We also try to make bigger shapes out of smaller ones. ” How many squares does it take to make a bigger square? If we all made big squares, could we put them together to make an even bigger one?”

There are alphabet printables for pattern blocks too! And eventually we’ll ditch the patterns all together and create our own designs. And don’t even get me started on tessellations. In fact, I should probably pick up a spare set of these bad boys too…

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