Spatial reasoning connects math to the physical world and includes skills like reading maps, understanding symmetry and building 3D objects. At age six, your child is ready for more spatial challenges — navigating, exploring and building. And you can help them grow with fun activities at home!
Math Helping Your Six-Year-Old Develop Important Spatial Skills
Simple activities to help your child strengthen spatial sense:
Build a Model
Use recycled bottles, cans and boxes to create a three-dimensional model of where you live. It could be a model of one room, your whole house, your street or your whole neighborhood. This activity connects a child's personal world with spatial relations.
A House Just Right for Me!
The Cat in the Hat and his pals need houses that are just the right size. Using printable finger puppets, your child can measure and build paper houses that are just perfect for the Cat, Sally, and Nick.Do This Activity
Practice Giving Directions
If you are driving or walking home, ask your child to give you directions and see if they can figure out where they are. Practicing spatial awareness near your home — and expressing directions verbally — is a great skill to learn.
Fresh Pick Mini Games
In this collection of mini games, your child will learn to navigate spaces, use spatial clues to locate items, add and subtract to meet a budget, and sort items based on multiple attributes.Play This Game
Cut Out Symmetrical Snowflakes
It's fun to explore symmetrical properties by cutting up paper along a fold. Fold a piece of paper in half and then in half again. Have your child cut small shapes along the folds. When you open it up, you will be surprised by the beautiful paper shapes you have created!
Your child can learn about shape symmetry in this game of matching snowflake halves.Play This Game
Go on a Treasure Hunt
Making and following a treasure map based on your living room or backyard will help your child translate a two-dimensional bird’s-eye view into the three-dimensional real world. Hide an object and mark it on the map with a red X for your child to hunt down. Then have your child draw a map and hide an object for you to find!
Play Thinga-Ma-Jigger Hide-And-Seek
You can help your child sharpen their spatial reasoning skills with this hide and seek game. Help guide your child to the location of a hidden object using direction words.Do This Activity
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Peg + Cat
Through engaging stories and comedy, Peg + Cat encourages your child to see math as exciting, accessible, and fun. The show teaches measurement, shapes and patterns, and problem-solving skills that children can use in their everyday lives.Find Activities
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Use Fractions While Making a Bird Feeder
Combine the fun of feeding your local birds and building your child’s measuring and fraction skills while you create a homemade bird feeder.
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Wild Kratts Creature Math
Creature Math helps children learn valuable ecology and science concepts while practicing addition and subtraction as they create their very own animal habitat, filled with cool creature pals!
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Your child can practice adding and subtracting one frog at a time from the lily pond Garden while Curious George commands the chorus of singing frogs.