During playtime have a variety of shape blocks, measuring cups (without long handles) or stacking cups, and a shape puzzle, trucks, small people and farm animals in a bag or two.
Place animals at different distances from the child. Say, “The cow that is far away from you wants to come cross the bridge.” Or ask, “Where is the big daddy sheep?”
The child attempts to imitate the adult’s bridge across the “pond,” but may not be successful.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to be play partners with the child with blocks and other items. They can then suggest more complex play ideas and model problem solving for the child. Adults can also use location terms to increase the child’s vocabulary for spatial terms.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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