Language Works

Up and Down Prepositions Game

Ideal for Toddler

A wooden game lies on the floor.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to understand and use a growing vocabulary.

Materials Needed:

  • Board, piece of PVC pipe, or even a book
  • Toy vehicles, small balls, or other objects that roll

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Set the board, PVC pipe, or book against a shelf or chair to make a ramp.
  2. Show your child how to roll the toy car down the ramp. Introduce prepositional words such as, up, down, under, over, and around.
  3. Try resting the board at a greater or lesser incline to change the object’s speed. Hide the vehicle under pillows or make tunnels in blankets.

Learn More: Encourage your child to show you up, over, under, and around with her body. Maybe she can crawl under the table or over a chair.

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