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Spatial Awareness Nature Puzzle

Posted on 05/12/20 by Chris in Early Childhood

Children love to work on puzzles in the classroom. Playing with puzzles helps build spatial awareness skills. Spatial awareness refers to a person's recognition of how he or she, or an object, interacts with space. It's looking at your environment and seeing how items fit into that environment. Playing with puzzles allows a child to determine which piece goes where and then manipulate the piece to get into that shape. Why not take this idea out into nature and the outdoors by creating a nature puzzle with rocks? Children will enjoy manipulating the pieces of nature to fit inside of any shape. You can use a variety of seasonal pieces to keep this activity fun and exciting! Here is what you'll need to get started:

Supplies:

  • A large piece of paper or poster board
  • Marker
  • Nature pieces - You can collect stones and rocks (seashells, sticks, acorns and more can be substituted)


Here's what to do:

  • Make a shape outline. Hearts, circles, triangles, or a square are some ideas.
  • Put your nature pieces around and in the shape that you have chosen.


This is a great fine motor activity and is a good way to practice hand-eye coordination and explore the outdoors!

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