Pattern Block Math Game

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When I taught Kindergarten, one of my favorite teaching tools were pattern blocks.  Kids can explore  mathematical concepts such as shapes, symmetry, fractions and much more.  You can also create some really great art using these blocks.


In my teaching days, I created these pattern block template cards for my students to use.  They are very easy to make.  I just laid some pattern blocks in a design on a large index card then traced them, colored them in, and covered the cards with clear contact paper.  The numbers in the corner were just so I could keep track of the cards.  I recently found the cards and the pattern blocks in a closet and brought them out for my three year olds to explore.


The kids had a great time playing this fun game.  They were able to match up the pieces and complete the designs.  The girls were very proud when they were able to complete a card!  




When the girls finished their cards, they started using the blocks in other ways.  B built a pattern block tower.


"A" created an elaborate design that she said was a giraffe.  


I was so happy to see how the girls expanded on this activity.  The blocks kept them busy and playing for some time.

For some more easy math activities check out: You Can Count on Me


Linking to: ABC and 123, Red Ted Art
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5 comments:

  1. My boys LOVE pattern blocks! I just posted our Christmas Pattern Block play time, and I went back and linked to this great post!

    http://moms-heart.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-pattern-blocks.html

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  2. I just think your blog is amazing & you always have such wonderful ideas! I am giving you The Versatile Blogger Award - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/11/versatile-blogger-award.html
    Beth =-)

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  3. Like Beth said YOUR BLOG IS AMAZING... I'm also giving you THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD http://worldgoneblue.blogspot.com/2011/11/versatile-blog-award.html
    Christina- The Only Thing Pink

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  4. Great idea just to trace them! We have a bucket of these that I need to get back out.

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  5. Fabulous! I love games like this and as a child spent hours doing these. I should make some "sheets" for my children's building blocks!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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