We stumbled across the Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards on a recent shopping trip, and my daughter, shockingly, asked for it. I couldn’t get to the cash register fast enough, considering she usually looks at things that are loud and/or sparkly. This is a sit down game that is quiet! Let’s go!
Recommended for ages 3 and up, the game comes with ten colorful pattern boards, ranging from things like a boat and train to a bird and flower, and the idea is to take the blocks and place them in the correct place to recreate the pattern. There are over 100 pattern blocks in 6 different bright shapes and colors, and everything is made of durable wood. It’s very fun, and keeps my daughter occupied for quite some time. The only thing that took some getting used to was the fact that the pieces don’t “stick”- when you’ve put some down and then you try to squeeze another one in, they all move around, so you have to rearrange them again. This can be frustrating for little fingers.
My 16 month old son started to stack these on top of one another like building blocks, but the green triangles and the white kite shapes are small, and I ended up having to remove them from his mouth, so please keep this out of the reach of young children.
You can take the pieces and create other patterns yourself, and this has been more enjoyable because the possibilities are endless! It’s fascinating seeing what your child comes up with when the boards aren’t being used! The game also gets you and your child talking about shapes, patterns, and matching. An educational and fun toy, but do prepare to clean up a lot of pieces after each use. Don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉
The Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards is currently being sold on Amazon for $18.55.