# Math Helping Your Seven-Year-Old Develop Important Spatial Skills

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!

### 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.

#### Protect Shapes from 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.

### 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.

### 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!

#### Snowflake Match

Your child can learn about shape symmetry in this game of matching snowflake halves.

### 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!