# Pattern Block Puzzle Games

Creating designs with pattern blocks — those multicolored trapezoids, hexagons, and triangles that are a mainstay in many preschool classrooms — is a great way for children to build their geometric thinking and spatial skills. Our Pattern Block Puzzle games help children explore shapes, shape rotations, 2-D composition and decomposition, and image reflections.

“These activities help children see the world as being made up of shapes and also prepares them for later mathematical ideas. The best part about this activity? It is designed with a wide range of students in mind, from children who are just practicing placing blocks to those who can complete a challenging puzzle on their own.”

#### DIRECTIONS FOR GAMES AT SCHOOL

Classroom directions for pattern block puzzle games (all game directions in one file)

#### GAME MATERIALS AND PATTERN BLOCK PUZZLE PRINTABLES

Set 1: Multicolor pattern block puzzles

Set 2: B/W Shape pattern block puzzles

Set 3: How Many Ways? pattern block puzzles

Set 4: Symmetry pattern block puzzles

#### FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: PRESCHOOL MATH LOOK FOR’S

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
In this book, mice hide from a cat in a pile of shapes. The mice have lots of fun constructing with the shapes, but then the cat finds them! The mice use the shapes to build “three big scary mice” to scare the cat away — and it works! After reading this book, children could use scissors and paper to cut out shapes and build their own designs. This is a great way to get children thinking about how geometric shapes fit together to make pictures.

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
This unique book has artful cutouts and overlaid pages that use shapes — rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, ovals, and more — to create animal faces. These bright, colorful designs will keep children coming back again and again. For an additional activity, have children glue together different shape cutouts to make design creations of their own!