Pattern blocks are helpful tools to create a plethora of hands-on math activities. They are not just for students in first grade and below, 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:
- 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
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