According to Sarama and Clements (2017), “Good manipulatives and good education with manipulatives provides students with meaningful material from which students can build, strengthen, and connect powerful representations of mathematical ideas.” These pattern blocks provide just this by allowing kids to explore and manipulate shapes and how they fit together.
Modeled off of the original pattern blocks developed in the 1960s, our virtual pattern blocks include a yellow hexagon, red trapezoid, orange square, blue rhombus, beige narrow rhombus, and green equilateral triangle, offering a helpful complement to the concrete manipulatives found in classrooms. Designed using physics, these online pattern blocks can be rotated, moved around, and bumped into each other giving the feeling of real blocks. However, this virtual manipulative offers the added advantages of requiring no clean up and they’re free!
Also check out our Tangram activity for another way to explore shapes and spatial rotation.