This school year, I will only be officially homeschooling my son, who is eleven. My three eldest will be doing college classes, but I will also have my daughter, who will turn two this fall. My son really likes to socialize and be out and about. He loves taking classes, joining clubs, etc. It so happens that all of his activities are located about 1 hour away from our house this year (if things continue this way, we plan to move closer to these programs). As such, my daughter has to ride in the car a lot. Then, we don’t have time to go home, so she also spends a lot of time hanging out at all the places that my son has classes at. Sometimes, there are playrooms and other kids for her to play with. Other times, she will want to stay outside and explore. And at other times, I have to get creative with the things that I keep in the car. As such, I am always on the look out for good travel toys, books, art supplies, and other educational materials.
Currently, she likes to play with math manipulatives, but they are not very easy to play with in the car as the pieces fall in the cracks and so forth. So I have been trying to find manipulatives that travel better. I bought her a really neat case (Magnakase) that stores her art supplies and has a magnetic wipe board on the outside of the case (plus magnets that will hold papers still if she wants to color). So I thought it would be nice if I could find some magnetic pattern blocks. Unfortunately, I was not able to find any magnetic pattern blocks that I liked. So I finally concluded that I would need to make my own.
I decided to post these printables in case anyone else wanted to make their own pattern blocks. These printables can be printed on magnetic paper or regular paper and then laminated or attached to an adhesive magnetic sheet. Kids can then use these pattern blocks on any metal or magnetic surface. I am storing them in a metal tin that I got at Ben Franklin.
I will also make some pattern block puzzles as we go along, but right now she just enjoys playing with the blocks and making designs.
Here are the links to the printables.