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# 10 Tips for Super Spatial Skills

Easy, fun, and effective ways to boost spatial development in your pre-k or kindergarten students.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Education

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• 1. TIPS FOR SUPER SPATIAL SKILLS! Easy, fun, and effective ways to boost spatial development in your pre-k or kindergarten students. Adapted from Blocks and Beyond: Strengthen- ing Early Math and Science Skills through Spatial Learning, by Mary Jo Pollman, Ph.D. Learn more and read a Q&A with the author at http://ww- w.brookespublishing.com/blocks-and-beyond. 1-800-638-3775 www.brookespublishing.com 10 1 Let kids work with cubes or rectangular prisms to create a design on grid paper, such as a fence for a pet or a pen for a zoo animal. 2 Encourage kids to find many shapes in the environment—the floor, the wall, the door, the ceiling, their cloth- ing—and describe them in their own words. 3 Demonstrate how a square can be turned into two triangles. Have children fold a square piece of paper in half and then ask what shape they created. 4 Make a 10-inch circle on paper, and let children paint smaller circles within the large circle. Repeat this with other two-dimensional shapes. 5 Bring in buttons of different sizes and play a finding game. Ask: “Can you help the teddy bear find one large button and one small button?” Have kids discuss the relative size of the buttons using adjectives like large, big, small, and little. 6 Ask children to determine how many sides a shape has. (This boosts number and operations skills, too!) 7 Play Guess What the Shape Is at circle time—bring the shapes out of an apron and have children name them. (Mix it up: play this game with 3D and flat shapes.) 8 Have kids develop simple sequential patterns, such as triangle, triangle, square (AAB) or triangle, square, square (ABB). 9 Ask children to sort 3D figures by size, number of sides, and weight, and describe the characteris- tics of each shape. 10 Investigate shapes with playdough—help kids touch the outline of the shapes and describe them by the type of line, number of lines, number of points, and what they look like when trans- formed.