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How to Ensure Your Grandchild Will Grow up with Great Math and Spatial Skills

Playing with building blocks

We all want our children and grandchildren to succeed in life and do well in all aspects, particularly when we know that many will struggle with their mathematical and spatial skills. We want them to succeed in life and have honed as many skills as possible. These little people are our pride and joy, deserving only the best we can provide.

The secret to developing much needed skills, particularly mathematical and spatial skills, lies in what games children play and how they interact with the world around them. Of late, the Society for Research in Child Development has decreed that building blocks are the key to our children's successes. Playing with blocks have been shown to help preschoolers develop the kinds of skills that support their later learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Delaware and Temple University published in the journal of Child Psychology.

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Differences in children's skills' development has been observed from the age of 3, where those from low-income families denied access to toys have a significantly lower vocabulary archive and ability for counting.

“Research in the science of learning has shown that experiences like block building and puzzle play can improve children’s spatial skills and that these skills support complex mathematical problem solving in middle and high school,” explains Brian N. Verdine, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Delaware and one of the study’s authors. “This is the first research to demonstrate a similar relationship in preschoolers.”

What else could you use to develop your child's or grandchild's essential skills?

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