Spatial Intelligence in Children - Practical Activities
By Andrew Loh
For children who are very strong in spatial intelligence, here are
some ideas and suggestions to make them more efficient in numerous
Before training your child to learn spatial
intelligence, here are some basic points on what spatial
intelligence is and how it will affect your children's classroom
They can easily visualize things within their minds.
They can easily manipulate things within their minds and check and
analyze the scope of impacts of any changes.
They can imagine in an active manner.
They can create their own world in their mind. Many of them appear
lost and look day dreaming!
Equipped with a high form of motor kills, these children can
manipulate and transform physical objects like building blocks.
These children can easily express themselves by drawing amazing
figures, drawings and paintings.
These children are very dynamic and they move around a lot to
enhance their learning process.
Those children who excel in spatial intelligence will always enjoy:
Using and handling shapes, patterns, forms and objects. Create
unusual figures and blocks by using these things. The forms they
make are always unusual and creative, when compared to those formed
by average children.
Using drawing and sketching tools like pencils, pens and paint boxes
to paint figures and drawings on papers. Children who are rich in
spatial thinking are always busy in drawing and painting.
Children who are rich in spatial intelligence skills can play with
colors and make patterns with them. The way and manner in which they
mix colors are just out of this world!
These children can easily feel and sense things, their forms and
shapes. Their have an exceptional gift to touch and feel things
These children are exploratory in nature and they always like to
break down things just to see what is inside! Just watch some
children taking apart their toy cars and examining the interiors!
Create model and shapes just to check how things act and work. These
children can use modeling clay (colored) to form some of the
prettiest models and figurines.
These children can use natural clay with maximum effectiveness! They
can create different objects, forms and patterns with their own
hands. Some of the best sculptors possess visual-spatial
intelligence in a heightened manner.
Most children who possess spatial thinking always like to visit
museums, zoos and parks. They also like to watch various museum
objects and figurines.
Helping children with spatial intelligence is quite a task! You can
train those children who are poor in this ability and make them
better in developing some basic skills.
Here are some activities and tips on training children spatial
Buy your children plenty of books that contain images, pictures and
drawings. These little tools will help your children to develop a
liking for pictures and images.
Before going to bed, read stories to your children by showing them
pictures and images. Bring them books that contain only picture
stories. Ask them to weave the story by looking at the pictures and
While decorating their rooms, make sure the room looks vibrant with
build and rich colors. Keep different objects, patterns and forms by
their bedside. Your children may start playing with these objects in
their own way.
Bring home mechanical building toys and automotive models. Children
who are rich in spatial thinking are always busy in building their
own mechanical model like cranes, dumpers and trucks. Some children
can explore their minds by building automotive models like tractors
To help them visualize things, you can provide them toys that mimic
different visuals; colorful puzzles and board games can enhance
their visual process.
Teach your children the art of playing chess; this game is very
helpful in teaching predictive powers as well as visualization.
Ask them to paint a picture by looking at their surroundings. Take
them to a garden or a park and ask them paint whatever they see in
As far as possible, explain things to them by drawing figures
instead of writing down words.
Play mimicking games; use plenty of gestures and expressions. Let
your children decipher the meaning of these gestures.
When traveling out in your car, show them different scenes and
landscapes and explain the meanings in detail. This simple exercise
will help them retain the images in their mind.
Teach them the art of origami; this wonderful art will help your
children learn how to make things by visualizing them in their mind
Useful toys and related materials are:
Drawing sets like pencils, crayons, pens, brushes etc
Painting sets like colors, brushes, pastels, sketch pens
Geometry sets and writing instruments
Globes and models
Origami papers and books
Plenty of picture books
Digital camera for older children, aged 12 years
Puzzle sets, board games etc
Modeling clay in different colors
Natural clay for building and making models
Graphical and painting books for older children
Computer graphics training for older children, aged 15 years.
Children laptop that plays music and spells words and numbers.