Five Fun Activities for Teaching Prepositions

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We like teaching prepositions through playing games and by presenting enjoyable activities so that children can learn while they have fun. 

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Some children naturally learn prepositions just by being exposed to them but most children will need some help. Children on the autism spectrum have particular difficulty understanding prepositions. Children will learn best when provided with a variety of ways to learn new skills.

Here are five fun activities for teaching prepositions:

Five Fun Activities for Teaching Prepositions

We start by combining new concepts with gross motor:

Follow the Preposition”

Materials: Child, Large Box or Pillowcase

Instructions: 

Give each child a large box or pillowcase. Then give directions such as: “Put the box/pillowcase in front of you”, “Jump over the box/pillowcase”, “Put the box between you and the wall”, or “Walk around the box/pillowcase”. If you want to work on pre-reading skills as well download the preposition flashcards and hold up the preposition as you say it. There isn’t any real winning or losing with this game. By watching each other the children can get cues for the correct action when they are unsure. Play for 5-10 minutes.

The next game uses smaller objects.

Where Does it Go Prepositions

“Where Does it Go?”

Materials: 2 Objects or Toys and a Container

Instructions: 

The instructions are the same as “Follow the Preposition” except this time you are using smaller objects.

“Preposition Musical Chairs”

Materials: Music, Chairs, Children, Preposition Flashcards

Instructions:

Tell the children that this game has the same rules as musical chairs with one difference. Each round will have a target preposition such as: on, under or beside. When the music stops they need to demonstrate that preposition by using a chair. For example, the target preposition is “on”. When the music stops they should be on a chair. Leave plenty of space between the chairs so that the children can preform the preposition without crashing into each other.

Prepositional Cut and Paste Activity

“Prepositional Cut and Paste” Activity

Materials: Prepositional Cut and Paste Worksheet, Scissors, Glue

Instructions:

Have the kids cut and paste the prepositions according to the directions.

Prepositional Cut and Paste Black and White Version

Prepositional Sticker Activity

“Prepositional Sticker” Activity

Materials: Prepositional Sticker Worksheet, Stickers

Instructions: 

Print out the Prepositional Sticker worksheet. Give the children directions where to put their stickers.

Sites with preposition worksheets and activities:

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Teaching Ideas

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10 Comments


  1. I love these ideas!! Prepositions are so difficult for us, still. I’m going to have to try these out this summer.

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    1. We hope you have fun laughing while they learn!

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  2. We like to use tables and boxes with a favorite toy or character.

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  3. So many great ideas! I think I need to head out in search of a giant box-my daughter would be all over that game!

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    1. Pillowcases are fun to use, too!

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  4. These are GREAT ideas!! I know these kind of games really helped me learn and I am more than willing to do these with my kiddos when they are ready 🙂

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    1. I hope the kids have fun if you try any of these activities with them!

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