What is the best way to exercise visual spatial intelligence for my 8 year old in regards to interactive story telling?
I currently have her describe the surrounding environment she envisions in as much detail as possible. Then I guide her through adding more details to the environment she envisions to create as detailed of a landscape as she can hold in her mind. Then as we think up the story we place each character/object within the landscape she is holding in memory, specifying as many details as possible (characters, patterns, colors, quantity, geospatial placement relative to existing story objects, etc).
Which would be a better brain exercise?
Have them rely on their imagination entirely and visualize every aspect by themselves as they think of each detail?
Present them with an initial image of a landscape as a foundation for the story. Then have them place each detail of the story on the landscape presented?