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 eight, 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 Eight-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!
Storm Dodger Game
You and your child can explore math and meteorology with this Storm Tracking game. Navigate a game board while avoiding the advancing storm to win!Do This Activity
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!
Make Your Own Mathroom
The Mathroom is one of the most important rooms at Odd Squad headquarters. Now your child can make her own Mathroom at home with this fun paper craft.Do This Activity
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!
The Cat in the Hat Can Map This and That
The Cat in the Hat is making a map. Your child can practice geometry skills and making maps from a bird's eye view by selecting the shape, size, color, and decorations for a room or outdoor play space.Play This Game
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Odd Squad
Odd Squad focuses on a kid-run agency that saves the day whenever something unusual happens. Emphasizing problem solving, teamwork and perseverance in every strange and hilarious new assignment, agents use math to investigate weird problems -- and your child can help!Find Activities
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Math and Sports: Tips for Parents
Sporting events offer many opportunties to practice early math skills. Here are some tips for how to engage your child in the fun of sports while reinforcing important math concepts like making and interpreting diagrams and making predictions.
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The Cat in the Hat Builds That!
In this app, your child can play math, science, and engineering games with the Cat in the Hat and his friends.
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Oscar's Rotten Ride
Oscar is going on a treasure hunt for trash in the ocean, on the beach, and in space. Your child can help Oscar while learning about height, ordering, and following directions .