When my kids were little I bought a set of Pattern Blocks. It’s been one of the most enduring resources we have. We still bring them out occasionally and also use them for math now and then.
The kids have used templates like these:
And they’ve also used the pattern blocks for free play:
There are lots of places where you can find free pattern block templates:
One of the best places to get free pattern block mats is over at Prekinders. There you have the option to print out black-and-white cards or full-color versions.
Kelly’s Kindergarten has two sets of pattern block pictures you can download as well.
If your kids are older, pattern blocks can be used for more advanced math problems. Mathwire has a half-dozen problem solving activities that use pattern blocks for grades 3-4.
And there is a really neat set of Pattern Block Building Scenes mosques and temples here, though I don’t know the original website it came from.
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