Pattern blocks are a type of mathematical manipulatives, developed in the 1960s by the Elementary Science Studies. They allow children to see how shapes can be decomposed into other shapes and introduces them to tilings. The standard pattern blocks are divided into two different sets. In the first set, the shapes can all be built out of the green equilateral triangle. This set contains:
The second set contains shapes that can't be built of the green triangle, but can still be used in tiling patterns
- Square (Orange)
- Small rhombus (Beige)
Pattern blocks are not only just for mathematics, they can also be used to build pictures including animals, flowers, boats and ships, rockets and planes, cars, trains, and many others. A lot of graphic designers use pattern blocks for artistic purposes.
- Pattern Block Templates: Printable Worksheets for Pattern Blocks
- Flash Pattern Blocks for web and Mandalar for mobile devices (iOS/Android).
- ETA/Cuisenaire: Educational manipulatives & supplemental materials for grades PreK-12.
- Background on the Elementary Science Study
- Educational and supplemental materials for K-12