Our set of blocks is a mishmash. We have some "regulation" unit blocks, some homemade wooden blocks (larger than the others), some smaller blocks, a few Jenga block pieces, and other assorted wooden shapes. Not an entire set of anything. Normally my kids just jump in and build, with little regard for the odd assortment that we have.
However, sometimes this eclectic set of blocks causes problems. This week we had some block patterns to follow--pictures of block designs for the children to make. And then the problem arose. We don't have all the same block shapes that the patterns used. Or we don't have enough of a particular shape.
A few other children worked to improvise to create some of the other patterns. And I tried to soak up all that brain power that was at work!