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Study: Children who play with blocks develop stronger math skills

Many children struggle with math in school, but now a new study suggests there may be a way to improve your child’s skills and it might be as simple as playing with blocks.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Many children struggle with math in school, but now a new study suggests there may be a way to improve your child’s skills and it might be as simple as playing with blocks.

Researchers at the University of Delaware and Temple University took more than 100 preschoolers and had them use blocks to imitate block buildings.

They found the children who were good with blocks were also good at math.

They were also more likely to come from homes where certain "spatial words" were used - words like "below," "above" and "near."

The researchers could not say for sure whether improving skills with blocks necessarily led to better math skills, but past research has shown that spatial and math skills seem to develop together.

Researchers say that providing your kid with blocks may add up to an affordable and easy way to give them a chance at mathematical excellence.

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