Spatial Awareness and Locomotion Activities for Processing and Attention
This article provides helpful information for children who need spatial awareness and locomotion activities to build processing and attention in the classroom. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
Children that struggle with spatial awareness can have difficulty with simple tasks as they move within their environment. When your child has trouble with balance, coordination, runs into furniture, moves awkwardly, has trouble with personal boundaries and can’t read the chalkboard, they may not have full spatial awareness.
If a child has difficulty with spatial awareness in the classroom, subjects like writing and math can be exceptionally hard. Children may not understand sequences, shapes, graphs, letter formation, and has trouble with correctly spacing their letters and words on paper.
Spatial Awareness and Locomotion Activities
To improve your child’s spatial awareness, you can enhance their motor skills and learning development with locomotion activities. Here are a few to try at home with your child.
Locomotion and Spatial Awareness Exercises
Start at the home spot and…
|Move away from your home spot||Return to home when you hear the whistle|
|Move further away from the home spot and look in a different direction||Return to home when you hear the whistle|
|Run around the room and avoid objects that could cause collision||Return to home when you hear the whistle|
|Look at a spot away from home and go to that spot as quickly as possible||Return to home when you hear the whistle|
|Choose 2 spots away from home; visit one first then the other||Return to home when you hear the whistle|
|Move in this direction (point where the child should go)||Return to home when you hear the whistle|
|Move in this direction (point out the direction) in a low position (crawling, squatting, shuffling)||Return home in a low position as quickly as possible|
|Find a way to get from here to there (point out direction) moving high to low and low to high||Return home using high and low body positions|
|Go from here to there with one side of your body leading ahead of the other||Return home with the opposite side of your body leading|
|Move in the pattern of a “0” starting at your home spot (use the whole room)||Return home at the point where you began the pattern|
|Move in the pattern that forms this shape (triangles, squares, diamonds)||Return home by moving backward forming the same shape|
|Move in the pattern that forms this letter (show letter “C,” “Z,” etc.)||Return home by moving backward forming the same letter|
|Make an “X” with your body while standing in place||Bring legs and arms back home to body|
|Make a walking pattern of the first letter in your name||Return home walking backward making the same letter of your name|
|Walk the letters or your first name in the pattern of each letter||Walk your first name backward|
|Walk in the pattern of the word “walk”||Walk the pattern backward|
|Run the pattern of the word “run”||Run the pattern backward|
|Follow the lines without running into anyone (place lines on ground and have another child walk in the crossways forcing the child to stop, let another person pass or hurry to avoid collision)||Instruct the child to walk faster, run, skip, hop and slide while doing this line exercise|
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