This activity develops language in a mathematical context. Children are learning to describe movement in a variety or ways and are being introduced to the idea of measurement. Everything can be measured and the units chosen can be quite arbitrary or standard. It is also a valuable activity in getting children to record mentally and then talk about what they have seen.
Mentally moving information from one place to another is an important skill for children to learn (eg. looking up at a blackboard and then writing on paper). This is quite a difficult activity for some children so you may want to let them draw their diagram as Roamer draws hers. It is the beginning of hand-eye coordination and understanding shape and space.
This activity concentrates on estimating direction and measurement. Repeat this activity many times.
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