Last week we began using pattern blocks for our small group math groups. We first introduced them for color categorizing. This week we have been categorizing by shape. While we used these pattern blocks specifically for categorizing during our small group math work, at other times of the day they can be used for open-ended exploration. Children have been making boats, trains, and birds that support their dramatic play.
Much of the materials in the Green Room have both specific uses and open-ended uses. By having both a wide array of material options offers choice to children with different learning styles.