Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

It is important for children to learn the vocabulary and mean of spatial relationships (i.e. on, in, under, up, down, beside, behind etc). This understand helps the children to mentally manipulate objects and is a basic building block for future learning. Children learn these concepts best through repetition, rhyme and physical demonstration. In this activity the children will be listening learning a positional chant which will be supplemented with pictures to enhance comprehension.

Equipment required

  • Positional pictures

Link to resources

Training Videos

Positional Chants from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


Two to three weeks

How it works

Children use a simple rhyming chant with each verse demonstration a different preposition. Pictures are used to aid understanding of the words used.

What to do in the class

There are five versions of the chants to chose. This activity is better seated so that all children can see the pictures. First show the children all the pictures and talk them through each picture (with the chant). Then when the children are comfortable, play the chant and say it together while showing the correct picture for each line.

Version 1

Where is the mole? The mole is in the hole

Where is the mouse? The mouse in the house

Where is the fish? The fish in the dish

Where are you? You are in the room

Version 2

Where is the dog? The dog is on the log

Where is the fox? The fox is on the box

Where is the elf? He is sitting on shelf

Where are you? You are sitting on the floor

Version 3

Where is the snake? He is under the rake

Where is the bear? He is under the chair

Where is the rat? He is under the hat

Where are you? You are under the roof

Version 4

Where’s the kangaroo? He is in front of queue

Where is the bear? He is in front of the chair

Where is the mug? It’s is in front of the jug

Where are my hands? In front of my face

Version 5

Where is the fox? He’s in behind of the box

Where is the goat? He’s in behind the boat

Where is the ball? It’s behind the wall

Where are your hands? There behind my back


What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation is required.