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:
We start by combining new concepts with gross motor:
“Follow the Preposition”
Materials: Child, Large Box or Pillowcase
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?”
Materials: 2 Objects or Toys and a Container
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
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
Materials: Prepositional Cut and Paste Worksheet, Scissors, Glue
Have the kids cut and paste the prepositions according to the directions.
“Prepositional Sticker” Activity
Materials: Prepositional Sticker Worksheet, Stickers
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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