Thursday 12 January 2023



Spatial awareness is something which we rely on to do pretty much everything and is a skill that we often overlook. Children must develop it in order to understand and be able to interact with the environment around them, like when going to grab an object or just walk around. It helps us to navigate and is essentially our way of understanding how far we are in relation to the things around us. Most children develop this skill in their early years but as it is quite complex, it may take your child longer. If you feel that your child needs help in this area, we have a set of ideas to help from an independent school in Northamptonshire.


Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is a classic childhood game that I'm sure that we’ve all played at least once in our childhood. Children love it and it gives them the opportunity to work on their navigational skills as they try to find the “hider” by listening out for their voice and directions.


Sports are another means of building spatial awareness. When throwing, catching, and running around their peers, they will need to do so carefully using coordination. Otherwise, they will either miss their chance or potentially get in the way of their teammates. They will also need to work fast, using fast foot work and thinking skills to win.


Stack and Re-Arrange

If your child’s not at that stage yet, you may want to start with smaller toys as opposed to large objects like balls. You can start with Lego and other kinds of building blocks that they must rearrange to create models. They will need to work out where they must sit in relation to one another which will help them with their spatial awareness. You can up this a level by removing and giving them elements to add which will get them to use their problem-solving skills.


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