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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Spatial Awareness Game-Home and School
We set up a game in the classroom for the children to play in pairs in order to foster their spatial awareness and use of their words in their vocabulary.
We put big, flat boards held up vertically by support blocks on the rug with a tray of colored wooden blocks. There are two of each color block.
One child gives the directions while the other child follows them.
There are eight blocks for each set.
One child tells the other child where to put each block.
"Put the white block down.""Put the yellow block on top of the white block."
"Put the green block on top of the yellow block"...
When they are finished, they lift the partition and see how similar the buildings look.
This pair learned the hard way, that maybe they should build a bit away from the screen. But they didn't give up. They moved on to the other child giving directions.
We did this in small groups and then the materials were left out for children to use on their own. The pictures above were taken on the day that they could use these items as a choice and it was very popular.
This would be a fun game to play with your child at home as well. You can always use the top of a board game propped up as a partition. If you do not have blocks handy, you can use buttons or bottle caps or any small toys of which have two each. When it is your turn to give directions use spatial terms such as behind, in front of, next to, on top of, under, on the left, on the right, and so on.