- The Last Block is a 2-4 player game that challenges students to be the last player to place a block on the gameboard. You can use this as a board for the pattern block game.
- FirstGradeParade adapted Musical Chairs into a game where students added blocks to the patterns created by other students. This is a great way to get students up and moving while practicing with patterns!
- MathLearningCenter has free pattern block lesson plans to download and use in class. Activities are suited for K-2 students.
- MarcialMiller lists several games and activities using pattern blocks. Ideas include everything from working with tessalations, fractions, and making pictures of animals and flowers.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Math Activities with Pattern Blocks
Pattern blocks are helpful tools to create a plethora of hands-on math activities. As I've noticed as a sub, pattern blocks are not just for students in first grade and below (as I previously assumed). Activities with pattern blocks can be adapted to fit a wide range of skills and difficulty, strengthening geometric reasoning and spatial awareness. Here are some activities and games students can enjoy: