We’ve enjoyed lots of games and activities with one inch wooden color tiles and cubes. Here are a few of the highlights.
Scoop and Sort: Scoop a handful of tiles and sort them into various piles, columns, or groupings of colors. How many of each color do you have?
Filling Boxes: It’s fun to fill small shallow boxes with various patterns, colors, and numbers of tiles.
Square Fill-in Puzzles: How many different ways can you fill in the squares? What combination of tiles will you choose?
Roll a Rectangle: Partners take turns rolling a set of dice. Together, arrange color tiles into rectangles according to the numbers on the dice. For example, if you roll a 3 and a 4, then build a 3 by 4 rectangle; if you roll a 2 and a 5, then build a 2 by 5 rectangle. How many tiles are in each rectangle? How many different rectangles you can build?
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns
This is a fun story about a woman who used 8 tables to seat 32 people for a big dinner gathering. As people arrived, they kept pushing the tables together and moving them around in different configurations which caused many problems related to the total number of people who could be seated.
Pentominoes: Create a variety of pentomino shapes with five square tiles.
10×10 Grid Designs: Create colorful patterned designs on a 10 x 10 grid.
Building Up with Color Cubes: Color cubes are fun for building pyramids, towers, and other 3D creations.