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Pattern Machine

Pattern Machine

Be forewarned: you will not be able to leave the Pattern Machine alone. Perhaps you will make it your life's mission to put the Pattern Machine into each of its 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible states. You will not achieve this. You have been warned. (But it's...

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21st Century Pattern Blocks

21st Century Pattern Blocks

21st Century Pattern Blocks introduce new shapes, new colors, new relationships, and new possibilities. I can’t wait to see what you all make with them. They play nicely with the original Pattern Blocks that are ubiquitous in American elementary classrooms, sharing the 1-inch side lengths of the classics.

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Gallon of pentagons

Gallon of pentagons

NOTE: These are SPECIAL ORDER and require three weeks lead time between order and shipping. There are 15 kinds of convex pentagons that tile the plane. The gallon of pentagons is a collection of one dozen of each type. They are laser cut from solid hardwood,...

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Wooden Tiling Turtles

Wooden Tiling Turtles

One beautiful set of 25 wooden tiling turtles. Laser cut from solid wood. These turtles encourage spatial reasoning, patterning, and counting. Mostly, they are just irresistible. These turtles were designed by Jos Leys and adapted for the laser cutter by Kevin Lee...

Truchet Block
Truchet Blocks

Truchet Blocks

Inspired by quilters everywhere, by a 17th century French priest, and even a bit by M.C. Escher himself, these solid hardwood maple cubes measure 1.375 inches on each side. They are designed in Minnesota; manufactured in Vermont. Are these for 2-dimensional...