Create Obstacle Courses

Recommended Age: 4+ | Mathematical Topic: Spatial Skills

What To Do

Create obstacle courses in your home or on the playground. Model spatial language as you introduce the course: Climb up the ladder, then go down the slide. Then run between the swings and across the sandbox. Encourage your child to use position and direction words to talk about what she is doing as she completes the course. Also have your child create and describe courses for you to follow.

Your child may enjoy drawing and labeling pictures of the course that show and describe the spatial relationships.

What To Know

Using their bodies to act out position and direction terms can help children learn these terms. Learning spatial language can enhance your child’s spatial thinking.

Moving On

Make longer courses that use more advanced spatial terms as your child is ready.