Children's play preferences, construction play with blocks, and visual-spatial skills: Are they related?

Yvonne M. Caldera, Anne Mc Donald Culp, Marion O'Brien, Rosemarie T. Truglio, Mildred Alvarez, Aletha C. Huston

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Abstract

Fifty-one preschoolers' play preferences, skills at assembling block structures, and spatial abilities were recorded in this study. There were no sex differences in children's visual-spatial skills, and play with art materials and children's free and structured play with blocks were related to spatial visualisation. Two patterns emerged from the findings: (1) activity and performance representing skills in spatial visualisation and visual-motor coordination; and (2) creativity, or the ability to break set and to produce varied solutions using visual materials. Future research might examine the extent to which children's play activities and experiences predict these types of skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-872
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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