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

Overview and benefit

Spatial awareness is the ability to see the position of two or more objects in relation to each other and to oneself in space – to understand how much space an object takes up and how it can fit with another object, either on or in or next to etc. Children need to understand about size and shape and weight and to be able to make some comparisons between objects. The best way for children to learn this is through experience of handling objects and putting objects together. Good small spatial awareness is needed to handle objects and tools successfully and has even been linked to reading and numeracy. Spatial awareness in general is needed for good organisation skills, presentation skills and even in structuring written work.

Equipment required

  • Some background music (without vocals if possible)
  • Some simple puzzles


One to two weeks

How it works

This activity aims to teach children to make assessments about what objects fit each other by playing with simple puzzles.

What to do in the class

Explain to the adults in class that simple puzzles are really helpful for developing spatial awareness. Put your puzzles into zip lock bags to keep the peices together. Give out a zip lock bag to each parent to do with their child. Put extra ones into the middle so if they finish with one they can swap it for another. Explain your adaptations for younger babies, and encourage the remainder of the groups to help the babies explore the puzzle pieces and show them how they fit together.

Types of puzzles:

  • peg puzzles
  • 2 piece puzzles
  • 3 piece puzzles

Training Video

Puzzle It-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

What to do in a nursery setting

No adjustment is necessary but some children may need more support at this activity.