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Photoshop for Kids: Pattern Blocks

Technical Tutorial Published 9/14/11 Last updated on 3/2/20
This is a beginning level Photoshop tutorial for kids, but is fun enough for all ages. Taking an old concept/activity that kids are familiar with, these have now become digital pattern blocks. You will learn to make beautiful shapes and designs. There's lots of room for creativity! While learning basic geometry shapes and math skills, you can also learn to use some of the tools and commands that are commonly used in Photoshop. All the animations were done in Photoshop CS5Extended, so see the "Photoshop for Kids: Animation Made Simple" tutorial for information about animating your pattern blocks.

See also other related resources and tutorials:

Photoshop for Kids: Digital Tangrams (and digital asset/.psd file to go with it).

Photoshop for Kids: Digital Doilies

Photoshop for Kids: Animation Made Simple

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Photoshop Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your photos.

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Content Standards
Custom Standards

Measurement and Geometry 2.0 Students describe and compare the attributes of plane and solid geometric figures and use their understanding to show relationships and solve problems:

Mathematical Reasoning 1.0 Students make decisions about how to approach problems. 2.0 Students use strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions

Creative Expression 2.0

ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to create the digital shapes/designs.  

For animation of these shapes, you must use the full version of Photoshop (such as Photoshop CS5 Extended) or other Adobe software.

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Paul Shaughnessy

Posted on 9/15/19 4:17:42 PM Permalink

​Great, thanks!

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/2/18 5:41:12 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Dee Hughes

Posted on 3/13/13 7:36:06 PM Permalink

<p>Hi Nicole, </p><p><br></p><p>When I click on the link to download the pattern block .psd file, it doesn't seem to be under the list of downloads. Help, please? (Sorry, I'm new here) </p>

John Doherty

Posted on 9/7/12 2:55:44 PM Permalink

A modern twist on an old idea. Thanks.

Nicole Dalesio

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