Everyday conversation can improve children’s spatial skills

Children who’s parents describe the size and shapes of objects to them have greater spatial ability, according to new research from the University of Chicago.

The researchers observed 52 preschoolers, ranging in age from 14-46 months and their caregivers (generally mothers), as they interacted in everyday activities. At 54 months, children underwent a spatial skills test.

Researchers found children who heard more spatial terms during everyday activities, and were able to use those words themselves did better on the spatial skills test.

Reseachers believe spatial language may help children pay greater attention to spatial relations when they look at the world around them.

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