Pattern Block Creativity & Kid Lit Blog Hop

I have to say that I got my money’s worth out of the pattern blocks toy manipulative that I’ve had for ages. All my kids loved playing with them. I kept them in an old diaper wipes box, decorated with stickers and I found that my son, now 11 years old, will still occasionally pull them out!

pattern block picture book

Pattern blocks are a great math toy; math is the science of finding patterns! There are also patterns in language too! You could say that finding and understanding patterns is the secret to unlocking the world around us.

I found this video on The Kid Should See This. You can call it Pattern Block Ballet …

From the National Film Board of Canada and director René Jodoin, who was invited to join NFB by film legend Norman McLaren. Notes on a Triangle (1966) is a ballet of three hundred geometric transformations, animated into divisions, alignments, and patterns.

Waltz music by Maurice Blackburn.

Perhaps by Guido Van Genechten

Perhaps in the beginning, there are only primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Add to that basic shapes: circle, triangle and square. And if these shapes talk to each other: thank you, hurray and nice, there’s no telling what will happen! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

What Can I Be? by Ann Rand & Ingrid Fiksdahl King

Shapes come to life, trying to decide what to become. A circle that decides to be red can be an apple, a lollipop, or the setting sun. Lines too can become something more. A mast, a tree trunk, or the stem of a flower. Use this book as a warm up for an art activity!  [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Apples and Robins by Lucie Félix

With die cut shapes, this picture book story about robins introduces shapes, colors, and seasons. It goes nicely with Perhaps for shapes exploration! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks, $16

Melissa and Doug pattern blocks

Learning Resources Pattern Blocks, $16Learning Resources Pattern Blocks

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Kid Lit Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the February 2016  Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, now monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Simply make a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog.

Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please follow the co-host and visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

Our next hop will be March 16, 2016. The hostess will be around to see you. Happy Hopping!

Reading Authors, Hostess

Julie Grasso, Author

Cheryl Carpinello, Author


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  1. You know I love patter blocks!
    MaryAnne recently posted…Owl Sewing Project for KidsMy Profile

  2. Oops meant to say pattern blocks. Can’t type apparently.
    MaryAnne recently posted…Owl Sewing Project for KidsMy Profile

  3. I quite like the idea of them being ‘patter’ blocks 🙂 – it makes me think that the endless possibilities for the imagination are accompanied by creative chatter…
    Marjorie (MWD) recently posted…Review: The Year of the Monkey by Oliver Chin and Kenji OnoMy Profile

  4. Pattern blocks are a great way to learn. We love using them here

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