# User manual | Learning Resources LER 7252 Baby Toy User Manual

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Patterns
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Shapes
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Skill-building
Activities
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Skill-building
Activities & Games
Olga Gonzalez-Granat
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts.
Not for children under 3 years.
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Red Trapezoid
Blue Rhombus
Yellow Hexagon
How to Use This Book:
Orange Square
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To get started, you will need to pop out the clear plastic case with
the pattern blocks from the book cover. The book then will lie flat
so children can work directly on the activity pages. When pattern
block play is finished, the pieces can be returned to the case and
snapped back into the book for safe storage.
Tan Rhombus
The activities in this book are coded by level of difficulty. Look for
the stars in the corners of the pages.
The first 5 activities include the outlines of each pattern block
shape and can be solved easily even by a beginner. Children
must slide, turn, and flip pieces in order for them to fit. Even very
young learners can feel successful with the first part of the book.
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
The next 7 activities include partial outlines to make the
activities more challenging, while still giving a hint.
Encourage beginners to try their best, and to look at the whole
puzzle for hints. Each of these pages includes a hint as to how
many pieces kids must use to solve the puzzle. Ask children to
find other solutions to each puzzle. There is often more than
one way to solve many of these problems.
The next 6 activities incorporate the idea of symmetry. If
children have a hard time grasping the concept, hold a
hand mirror down on the line of symmetry so they can see what
the completed shape will look like. For young children, have
them complete one side while you complete the other.
The final 3 activities do not include any interior lines and
are the most challenging. Encourage children to approach the
puzzles systematically. Remember, there are often multiple solutions.
At the end of this book, on pages 29 and 30, you’ll find Rainy Day Extensions.
Possible solutions for selected puzzles are found on pages 31 and 32.
Things You Can Do
Work alongside your children as they solve the puzzles. Children love
to work with an adult on activities such as these.
Encourage and praise. Kids love to feel successful at
whatever they do.
Use this book as a coloring book. With crayons, colored
pencils, or markers, children can add color to the
pattern block pages as they complete them.
Give hints. If you see your child is struggling with some of
the more challenging puzzles, take a peek in the back and give
him/her hints. You can also draw in lines for younger children.
Most important of all—have fun!
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Cover the asteroids using your
pattern blocks.
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Make the Space Creature using your
pattern blocks.
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Build the Space Capsule.
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Make the Space Ship.
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Create the Space Bug using 11 pattern
block pieces.
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Build the U.F.O. using 14 pieces.
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Use 13 pieces to create this Martian Pet.
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Create the Space Bunny using 16 pieces.
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Use 17 pieces to build the Star Ship.
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Build the Moon
Rocket using
19 pieces.
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Player Shape 1
Players: 2
Object: To be the first player to complete a Space Shape.
Rules:
1) Follow the directions to make the spinner. Players take
turns spinning. The first player whose spin points to the
hexagon gets to go first.
2) Players take turns spinning for a pattern block piece and
placing the piece on the Space Shape. If a piece cannot be
placed on the shape, it must be returned to the draw pile.
3) Play continues until one person’s Space Shape is completed.
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Space Shape Game
To make a spinner:
1) Arrange a pencil, a paper clip,
and the spinner circle (found
on the inside front cover of this
book) as shown.
2) Spin the paper clip around the
pencil. The free end of the
paper clipwill point to a pattern
block shape.
Player Shape 2
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Complete the Moon Crawler. Use the dotted line
as a mirror. It is called the line of symmetry.
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Complete the Rocket.
The dotted line is the
line of symmetry.
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Finish the Comet.
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Finish the Space Vehicle.
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Complete the Space Star.
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Players: 2
Object: To be the first player to reach the “Finish” space.
Rules:
1) Players begin on the “Start” spaces and continue,
2) Players take turns drawing pieces from a paper bag.
If the piece matches the next shape on the road, the
player places it on the road. If not, the piece is returned
to the bag. No pieces are placed on “Free” spaces.
3) The game ends when one player reaches the
“Finish” space.
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Use pattern blocks to make
the Space Ships.
Make the Asteroid using
pattern blocks.
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Create the Spiral Galaxy.
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Rainy Day Extensions
1) Ask your child to make up his or her own space
asteroid belt. Build asteroids with pattern blocks
similar to those found on pages 4 and 5.
2) Create the same shapes using different pattern
block pieces. After your child has completed
pages 6, 7, and 8, explore which pieces can be
substituted for others.
pieces make up a yellow piece? (2) How many
green pieces make up a red piece? (3) Can you
combine green and red pieces to make a yellow
piece? (Yes)”
3) Have your child build different shapes for each
object on pages 9 through 15.
show you the line of symmetry.
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5) Take turns with your child creating “halfsymmetric” shapes. Challenge each other to
complete the missing halves.
blocks to create shapes. Your child can trace and
color the shape on a piece of paper. Write the
story below the shape. Hang the picture story in
a special place.
7) Play a pattern block word game. Modify the
rules of the game Hang-Man. Instead of drawing a
limb whenever a player guesses a letter incorrectly,
place a pattern block piece on the outline of a figure
in this book. Players try to guess the word before
the figure is complete.
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