Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Pattern Blocks

I am a huge fan of hands-on learning, and we have a lot of manipulatives in our house.  One of our favorite activities is our Playful Patterns set, and I talked about all the mathematical concepts that can be informally introduced through patterns in Geometry (and Fractions) Through Playful Patterns.

I had recently purchased a math manipulative kit to enhance our homeschool math play, and it included more pattern blocks.  The actual shapes included in this set varied from our current set, so I wanted to find some patterns that would work for these.  I found Christmas Pattern Block Mats over at Pre-Kinders at just the right time as we approach the Christmas season.  I printed out a few, and laminated them back to back so we could get keep them around for awhile.

Elliott really enjoys watching the shapes form pictures.  He also enjoys recreating the same, or similar patterns off the mat, as well as making his own designs.

Emory still needs a little guidance with these type of activities, but it's great for reinforcing shapes, patterns and colors!

It's also very easy to make your own pattern pages.  Vicky at Mess for Less shares her Pattern Block Math Game.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Brittney for mentioning Mess for Less. I love the holiday pattern block creations. I will have to download those sheets, I am sure my kids will love them. I would love to have you guest post for Mess for Less. If this would be of interest to you, email me. Vicky from Mess For Less