Is Your Child a Visual-Spatial Learner?

Does your child love art, music, dance, or drama? Does she easily recall what she sees? Does she seem to remember how to get to places she’s only been to once?

These are just a few signs of a child with visual-spatial intelligence – the ability to hold and perceive the visual world in the mind, and recreate images, sound, and more in a medium.

Some kids are born with it, while others just need a little reinforcement to harness this ability. With these tips, you can help develop your child’s visual-spatial intelligence:

1. Inspire her with the outside world.

Step out of the house and show her how big and wonderful the world is. Wander around the neighborhood, pointing out beautiful houses, trees, flowers, and more. Head to the beach and watch the sunset. Visit a museum and gaze on the masterpieces of great artists. There’s a lot of inspiration to be found as long as you’re looking. You can even bring a camera to capture all of them.<

2. Read, watch, and play together.

Even if you’re staying indoors, there are a lot of things that can spark your child’s imagination. Pick up a highly visual magazine or book to show her the many ways she can create works of art (photography, collages, watercolor paintings, caricatures, etc.). Watch films together and discuss her favorite parts and the film’s message after. You can even play visual games like charades to help.

3. Give her a pen and notebook.

Encourage your little one to record things that inspire her. She can write it down, doodle, put photos, and more. So when she’s looking for inspiration, there’s something to refer to.

Activities like these help your child to explore and develop her visual-spatial intelligence, encouraging her to create great art works along the way. But that’s not all. They’re also great bonding experiences for the whole family.


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