Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Preschool Activities that Teach Spatial Relationships

It's Wednesday, and here at Preschool Ponderings, that means time to focus on the standards.  Every Wednesday I choose an Early Learning Standard and share a number of activities that can be aligned with that particular standard.  Remember, the Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio's Early Learning Development Standards - you can review them here, however I've found that even if your State's standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly. I've rounded up some great ideas today!

Domain: Mathematics
Strand: Geometry
Topic: Spatial Relationships

Preschool geometry is all about shapes, and this particular standard focuses on how shapes fit in relation to the objects around them.  One great way to help your students explore this standard is through puzzles.  Children learn that twisting and turning a piece will make it fit into a specific space.  the more they practice this skill, the easier it is for children to look at a shape and visualize how it will fit into a space. Here are some other ideas for practicing spatial relationships.

Practice relative position terms with action figures - from Lessons Learnt Journal

Practice spatial awareness with shape sorters - from Amazon (Affiliate link)

Make your own shape sorter for classroom objects - from csoppkeblog

Trace classroom objects to make silhouettes that children can match - from Happy Hooligans

These ideas ca be adapted for any season or topic that your students are interested in, which makes them great for year-round learning!

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