Math Games for Kids

Pencil Patterns

Create fancy pencil patterns with unsharpened pencils.
Create fancy pencil patterns with unsharpened pencils.
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Help your children find the right designs with perfect pencil patterns.

What You'll Need:

  • 24 unsharpened pencils
  • Flat work space

How to Make Pencil Patterns:

Step 1: Using 24 unsharpened pencils, your children can experiment with designs and distinctive patterns. How many different arrangements can they make with all the erasers touching? How many unique shapes can they build with only 12 pencils? How long are the pencils when laid end to end to end? Can they stack pencils to make three-dimensional designs?

Step 2: If they don't have 24 pencils handy, try this activity with toothpicks.

Keep reading to learn how to make 12 puzzles out of five squares.

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