this post, I was immediately inspired to create a giant version of pattern blocks that would be affordable, easy to use, and not take up a bunch of space. I'm not sure really how my brain took the concept of sensory steps to giant pattern blocks, but it did. =)
My five year old got the connection between the giant pattern blocks and the smaller wooden ones immediately. I will be working on different math concepts with her using these pattern blocks that are better suited to challenge a grade schooler (more on that later!).
Then, when our patterns were built, we would hop, skip, or run on them while saying the colors or shapes. After a couple days of this, we started to get fancy!
We started handing out challenges to special shapes. The yellow hexagon has been assigned the task to "lay down" if you step on it. Now this makes for a TON of movement and laughter while learning the basic math concepts. For some reason, this task has lasted all week and now I can just set the hexagon on the floor and both kids lay on it (me too!). I am sure if anyone saw us, they would be laughing too!
So, for less than $10, a trip to the fabric store, and a little effort, you too could be learning and moving with these giant felt pattern blocks!
PS - you can buy Giant Foam Pattern Blocks from several stores online, but they are not as easy to walk on, take up more space, are more expensive, and you cannot fold them =)