I always have tons of ideas for activities and games to make math fun for my kids, but let’s be honest. Sometimes I’m more excited about the activity than they are, and it turns into a huge flop. Recently, however, I created what I thought was a super simple resource to work on shapes and logic, and was blown away by the response from my kids. To the point that they are begging me to make more! I would definitely call that a win, and today I’m excited to share these Pattern Block Puzzles with you! Maybe your kids will find them as fun and engaging as mine have!
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I was recently exploring shapes with my daughter using Singapore math for grade 1. She already knows and recognizes basic shapes, so we were working on seeing how shapes can be put together to form other shapes and figures, as well as how 2D shapes can be put together to form 3D shapes.
As part of these exercises, there was a shape puzzle in her workbook that was similar to a sudoku puzzle. Rather than filling in numbers, she had to draw the missing shapes to ensure there was one of each shape in each row and column.
She had so much fun with this puzzle, she asked if there were any more. Since there was just the one in her workbook, I decided to make more myself, using pattern blocks as the shapes.
To Use These Pattern Block Puzzles:
Included in this download are three different pattern block puzzles, in color and black and white, as well as answer keys.
This allowed them to easily move the blocks around until they got them in the right places.
Plus, it’s just fun to play with pattern blocks. 🙂
You could, however, print the black and white versions and let kids draw in the missing shapes.
As I mentioned, the download also includes answer keys, so I would suggest printing and laminating these as well. Then, after students complete the puzzle, they can find the appropriate answer key and see if their puzzle matches.
All of the puzzles are labeled, making it easy to match the puzzle you’re working on with the correct answer key.
I think this would make an excellent math center activity, or quiet bin activity. Simple print and laminate all the puzzles and answer keys, and place them together with some pattern blocks.
Then kids can work on them and check the answers!
My kids thought this was really fun and loved the challenge, but immediately asked for more puzzles, and more challenging puzzles.
So I guess I will add “create harder pattern block puzzles” to my to do list! 😉
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