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Pattern blocks: Beyond templates


I blog about pattern blocks quite a bit. They are currently my favorite educational toy, and this is one of the (many) reasons why. Emma called me in the other day and said, “Mama, look at my robot!” I went in, and she had created this beautiful robot. She went on to explain that she gave the robot a skirt, because the robot is a girl.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

13 thoughts on “Pattern blocks: Beyond templates”

  1. @Mama King – I’ve never tried the magnet kind. The cool thing about the wooden kind is that they stand up on their sides so you can build 3D structures with them. I think the magnet kind might make template work easier since they would stay in place better, but Emma does pretty well with the regular ones and even Johnny can do very simple templates with them.

  2. They were my favourite toys when I was a child! They're on my list for our next gift-giving opportunity. I'm thinking Christmas will be a good time to clear out some less-used toys and bring in new ones.

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    That is so cool! Way to go, Emma!! That robot is rockin' that skirt. Pattern blocks are the best.

  4. Thanks for the reminder of the pattern blocks. I need to pull ours out this week!!

    The robot and skirt is too cute:-).

  5. I love pattern blocks! The have a million different uses. My kids are using them as pretend food in our play kitchen these days.

  6. Raising a Happy Child

    This is so cool. The fact that robot is a girl cracked me up – everyone has to be a girl with Anna lately. It must be "a girl thing". LOL. We have M&D pattern blocks waiting for Anna's birthday, and I am so itching to get them out for her early :)

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