Spatial reasoning connects math to the physical world and includes skills like reading maps, understanding symmetry and building 3D objects. Research indicates that spatial reasoning skills correlate to early achievement in mathematics and "strongly predict" who will pursue STEM careers later in life. At age seven, 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 Seven-Year-Old Develop Important Spatial Skills
Simple activities to help your child strengthen spatial sense:
Discover Alphabet Symmetry
Did you realize that some capital letters are symmetrical and some are not? Work with your child to figure out if each capital letter has a vertical or horizontal line of symmetry, then try to figure out words to write with them. (Examples: MOM and TOOT have vertical lines of symmetry, while BEE and CODE have horizontal lines of symmetry.) Place a small hand mirror along the line of symmetry to test your words.
The Return of Symmetric Al
Using printable shapes and objects around the room, your child can practice identifying things that are symmetrical, or the same on both sides.Do This Activity
Mapping with Coordinates
At this age, your child can start to locate points on a map using coordinates. Playing the game of Battleship is a fun way to practice. You can print out your own battleship boards or make your own!
The Electric Company Party Game
HEY YOU GUYYYYYS! Marcus and Jessica are stuck on Prankster Planet and need your help to get back to Earth! Play this fast-paced board game filled with physical challenges, silly brainstorms, and math questions.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!
Prankster Planet: Wordsuckerupinator
In this extended-play game, your child can help defeat Manny by completing several mini-games while learning new words and physics concepts in this Electric Company platformer!Play This Game
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Odd Squad
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Build It Up, Knock It Down
Children work together in teams to solve a building problem! Children learn to work together, plan, create, test, and revise their solutions to build the strongest structure out of household items.
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Play and Learn Science
In this app, your child can play fun math and science games that explore shadows, weather, and motion.
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Solving tangram puzzles can help your child learn about the results of rotating and putting together 2D shapes. Try making shapes with this fun online game.