When I spied these in the "teacher's tag sale" my heart skipped a beat because I've been secretly longing for a zillion pattern blocks for quite some time. I know I don't have one square inch of free space in the supply closet, but so what? I grabbed them and ran.
Here are the pattern blocks having a bath in my kitchen sink.
And now they're all set to go. Aren't they scrumptious?
Why pattern blocks? Because they teach spatial reasoning, visualization, symmetry, slides, turns, problem solving, sorting, colors, 2-D geometric shapes, attributes, and of course, pattern making. Wow! And yes we're just about to start thinking about shape as an element of art so....
Here are some links to pattern block cards that you can download for free.
Here are some on-line pattern block sites for playing on-line