Pattern blocks are associated with something you would find in a class room.
Probably because they were designed as a mathematical manipulative tool to help kids learn mathematical concepts hands on, such as decomposing shapes into other shapes. About a year ago I have invested in a box of 250 vibrant pattern blocks. I wasn’t really thinking math when I bought them, knowing Zoe and myself, I was thinking more patterns (I tend to leave the math stuff for the teacher). And so it was. Ever since we got them our rug has been covered with vibrant patterns that we are always sad to take apart.
It is a very soothing activity, hardly any frustrations. It is great for working alone or in pairs. Our set is made of wood which is very nice for the touch. Placed in the living room underneath the sofa, therefore it is easily accessible. The 250 pieces has been just the right amount of blocks for about an hour of exploration. Some times Zoe combines the pattern blocks with her building blocks and creates a magnificent ballroom floor in a grand palace. Other times the blocks are turned into intricate flowers, and some times just a composition of shapes created with her cousin Yotam. Ori (2 ½) has started using them also composing simple shapes by using 2-4 blocks together and giving it names.
This is the set we have
(I didn't get any patterns or boards, just the blocks).