Visual Arts

How do your kids learn through geography, calendars and clocks?

Time & Space

Remember when our babies didn't know the difference between night and day, and the only place they clamored to go was to mommy or daddy's arms? Now it's "Where are we going today?" or "Two more minutes at the playground, please!" They've come such a long way, and yet...their conception of "two minutes" is still a bit fuzzy (in our experience, it usually means at least twenty). As their little worlds expand ever further beyond the here and now, and their schedules become more complex, let's help our kids grasp where they've been, where they are going, and what time it is right now - time to go!

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Core Skills for Time & Space

Click on the skills below to see what you can do at home to help your child develop essential art skills.

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    Understand and use the language of time (e.g., day-night, today-tomorrow, etc.) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Always, Never, Sometimes
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's undersanding and use of the language of time with these yesterday, today and tomorrow picture.
    99 ¢ Learn More Talk About Time
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's undersanding and use of the language of time with these today and tomorrow picture sequences.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Paper Plate Clock
    Parent Created Activity
    Write the numbers 1 through 12 on the outer edge of a white paper plate. Create hands for the clock by cutting off two half-inch wide strips of black ...more
    FREE Learn More Fun with Melting Ice
    Parent Created Activity
    Kids will love this game of watching a toy slowly melt out of a block of ice. Begin by cutting the top off an empty, clean milk carton. ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $29.95 Learn More Remote Control Moon in My Room
    How sweet is it that your adored little one actually thinks you hang the moon? Is there any chance we can make that notion last? Through maybe the dreaded ...more
    $5.99 Learn More Get Up and Go!
    Sleepyheads will wish they had Sammie the dog to hurry them along in their morning routines. Read along as Sammie builds colorful time lines to keep track of passing time ...more

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    Locate important geographic landmarks on a map or globle (e.g., the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the North and South Poles, the seven continents) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Mapping
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's understanding of the world with this mapping activity that focuses on locating the continents, oceans, and poles.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Explore the World
    Parent Created Activity
    Hang a world map (or use a globe) and explore with your child important geographic landmarks such as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the North and South Poles and the ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $19.99 Learn More World Map and USA Map Floor Puzzles
    Puzzles, like blocks, are one of the toys that experts in child development all can agree are highly beneficial. As the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young ...more
    FREE Learn More Puzzle World World Atlas Educational Tray Puzzle
    Puzzle World World Atlas Educational Tray Puzzle. 12 Piece Puzzle. Ages 3 and up.

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    Demonstrate an understanding of basic geographic concepts (e.g., identify land, water, river, etc.; name city, state and county) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More In The Desert
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's understanding of basic geographic concepts and positional vocabulary with this desert scene.
    99 ¢ Learn More In The Ocean
    Expert Created Activity
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Shoebox Diorama
    Parent Created Activity
    Almost all kids have little plastic animal figurines. This project gives your child something new to do with them. Take some old magazines and catalogs, and cut out ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $6.99 Learn More Me on the Map
    "Using the premise that simple drawings can be maps, the book begins with crayon drawings of the floor plans of the girl's room and house. The concept becomes progressively more ...more
    $6.99 Learn More As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps
    Maps -- they help you get where you want to go. People use road maps to find their way. These maps show miles of highways that point out the right ...more

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    Use simple maps of familiar environment (e.g., show own position with an 'x' showing furniture arrangement) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    FREE Learn More A Map Of Our Kitchen
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to establish reference points in actual and represented space with this map creation activity with cut-outs.
    99 ¢ Learn More I'm Right Here
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to establish reference points in actual and represented space with this map creation activity.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More What's the 411? Important Information about Where You Live
    Parent Created Activity
    Take a picture of your house and paste it on a piece of construction paper (older children can help with this). Cut out a picture of your state and paste ...more
    FREE Learn More Cartography for Kids
    Parent Created Activity
    When traveling on a long car trip, give your kids a laminated map of the US and, using a Vis a Vis pen, have them trace the map route ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $6.99 Learn More Me on the Map
    "Using the premise that simple drawings can be maps, the book begins with crayon drawings of the floor plans of the girl's room and house. The concept becomes progressively more ...more
    $6.99 Learn More As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps
    Maps -- they help you get where you want to go. People use road maps to find their way. These maps show miles of highways that point out the right ...more

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    Establish reference points in actual and represented space (e.g., match halves of symmetrical objects to make a whole, color squares on a blank grid to reproduce designs on another grid) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Finish The Face
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to establish reference points in actual and represented space as she uses cut-outs to complete the half finished face.
    99 ¢ Learn More Color The Squares
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to establish reference points in actual and represented space as she colors the blank grids to match the colored samples.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Natural Mosaics
    Parent Created Activity
    Next time you return from a nature walk with a pocketful of rocks and leaves, put them all out on your kitchen table and see if you can create a ...more
    FREE Learn More Pointillism for Preschoolers
    Parent Created Activity
    Seurat's got nothing on your kid! Cut out lots of small circles of colored construction paper. Then, give your child an image to recreate. Good ones to ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $18.99 Learn More Pattern Blocks
    Includes 250 multicolored plastic blocks in 6 shapes and colors with plastic storage bucket!
    $16.99 Learn More Pattern Blocks and Boards
    These Pattern Blocks and Boards will keep children engaged for hours of rewarding play. They feature 10 simply designed, colorful patterns and over 100 pattern blocks in six different shapes ...more

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    Understand and use the language of space (e.g., under-over, front-back, etc.) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Lining Up
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's understandings and use of the language of space as he places the animal cut-outs on top of the fence.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Itty Bitty Bye... About So High
    Parent Created Activity
    This is a great treasure hunt game that can be played indoors or out with older children and ones as young as 2. My 7, 5, and 3 year ...more
    FREE Learn More You're Getting Hotter!
    Parent Created Activity
    Find an object that you want to hide. An object that is small, but not too small, will work best -- something such as a small stuffed animal or ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $15.95 Learn More Over Under
    $14.95 Learn More Up Above and Down Below
    Ants march on a picnic and turn it upside down, returning with treats for friends underground. Up above, the ants are taking over a picnic. But down below ...more

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    Orientation in time: today, yesterday; this morning vs. yesterday morning (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    FREE Learn More Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's understanding of today, yesterday, and tomorrow with this drawing activity.
    Sample Books and Toys
    $19.99 Learn More Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magnetic Calendar
    Teach kids about holidays and the months of the year with this colorful magnetic activities calendar. With a combination of magnets and wood, 140 pieces depict most holidays and childhood ...more
    FREE Learn More Carson Dellosa CHART YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW - 22 1/2" x 28 1/2" - 1 pc

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    Know the days of the week and months of the year (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $19.99 Learn More Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magnetic Calendar
    Teach kids about holidays and the months of the year with this colorful magnetic activities calendar. With a combination of magnets and wood, 140 pieces depict most holidays and childhood ...more
    $19.99 Learn More Magnetic Calendar
    Preschool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Gymnastics on Tuesday, playdate on Thursday. And don't forget the birthday party on Saturday. The schedule of a mere three-year-old can ...more

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    Read a clock face and tell time to the hour (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Ferris Wheel
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's sense of clock-wise direction with this ferris wheel and accompanying cut-outs.
    Sample Books and Toys
    $9.99 Learn More Learning Resources Big Time 12-Hour Student Clock
    Learning Resources LER2095 Learning Resources Big Time Student Clock 12 Hour.
    $11.95 Learn More Big Hand, Little Hand
    Designed to teach toddlers how to tell time, an appealing set of verses on half-size pages above a clock face take kids through the day, from 6 a.m. to 12 ...more

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    Compare duration of events: which takes more or less time (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Which Takes Longer?
    Expert Created Activity
    Help your child to distinguish between the duration of events with this "Which Takes Longer?" card game.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More How Long Will It Take To....
    Parent Created Activity
    Developing a sense of the passage of time is difficult for preschoolers. You can help them learn by doing this activity. Have your child estimate how long ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $38.95 Learn More Time Tracker
    Keep students on track with programmable electronic timer. Set green, red and yellow lighted sections and six sounds to indicate time remaining. LCD and volume controls. Requires adapter (LPNLER2901), sold ...more
    $34.99 Learn More Primary Timers
    Grades K - 3. Handheld, display on a desk or wear around your neck. Includes storage case.

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    Sequence events: before and after; first, next, last (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More What Did Joey Do?
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to sequence events as before, after, first, next, and last with these cut-outs illustrating Joey's day.
    99 ¢ Learn More Before & After
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's understanding of before and after through discussion with these picture pairs.
    Sample Books and Toys
    $19.99 Learn More Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magnetic Calendar
    Teach kids about holidays and the months of the year with this colorful magnetic activities calendar. With a combination of magnets and wood, 140 pieces depict most holidays and childhood ...more
    $19.99 Learn More Four Step Sequencing
    Grades Pre K & up. A great way to help children develop skills in sequencing, ordering of events, memory, observation, storytelling, and logical thinking. This 18"W x 13"H portable table ...more

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    Demonstrate an awareness of the passage of time and of periods of time, as "The Past,The Present," and "The Future" (e.g., organize photos representing timeline of child's own life (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    FREE Learn More Then And Now
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's understanding and use of past and present tense with these story sequences.
    99 ¢ Learn More Growing Up
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's awareness and understanding of the passage of time with the chronological cut-outs of a girl and her cat.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Singing Memories
    Parent Created Activity
    Here's a fun way I have to help my toddlers remember holidays, visits with family, or outings in the city. I make up songs about each memorable event. ...more
    FREE Learn More Memory Boxes
    Parent Created Activity
    This is a fun activity and the outcome is a clever keepsake. Help your child to decorate an old shoe box. You can cover the shoe box with ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $5.99 Learn More Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English - Hebrew - Yiddish
    The black background of this book makes the glow of the rainbow-hued candles especially engaging for readers. What is especially clever about this book, though, is that it engages so ...more
    $14.99 Learn More Big Book of Dinosaurs
    You already know how much we love nursery rhymes, so it won't come as a surprise when we salute this lovely collection of Latin American poems, songs, rhymes for children. ...more

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    Establish reference points in time (e.g., getting dressed, going to the park, eating dinner) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Morning, Afternoon, Night
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's undersanding and use of the language of time with this morning, afternoon, night sorting activity with cut-outs.

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    Name and locate the city, town, city or community, as well as the state where you live (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Where I live!
    Expert Created Activity
    Sample Books and Toys
    $6.99 Learn More Me on the Map
    "Using the premise that simple drawings can be maps, the book begins with crayon drawings of the floor plans of the girl's room and house. The concept becomes progressively more ...more
    $6.99 Learn More As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps
    Maps -- they help you get where you want to go. People use road maps to find their way. These maps show miles of highways that point out the right ...more

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