Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Playing with Blocks

Balkan Puzzle

This is a Balkan Puzzle block.  If you look at it closely, it is obvious that it can be made from 4 identical units.  I want to experiment with the basic unit.

The basic unit for Balkan Puzzle is a square and like every square it has 4 corners.
For the Balkan Puzzle block the 4 units are rotated so that the white corner is always in the center.
What if the blue corner is used as the center of a block?
What if one of the green corners is used as the center of a block?
What if the other green corner is used as the center of a block?

The result is 3 new blocks.  At least they are new to me.  Because they all look like such obvious blocks to try, I am guessing that there's a good chance somebody somewhere has already used these blocks and given them names. If you've seen any one of these before and can put a name to it let me know.

Whether these are new blocks or not, the most interesting thing to me is that it is possible to take a block, such as Balkan Puzzle, disassemble it, then reassemble it to make a different block.  If you are looking for an easy way to discover new blocks, this is it.

For more creative block ideas go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Blocks

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