Hand Eye Coordination Games For Children

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Do you want to help your child develop good Hand Eye Coordination? These free gross motor exercises are just for you! With lots of photos to help you along, every activity has been tried by real-life children and will give you and your child hours of fun.

Hand Eye Coordination is the ability of the eyes to guide the hands in movements. Why is it so important for your child to develop this skill?

hand-eye coordination in cricket

  • In gross motor games, hand eye co-ordination can help your child to catch a ball and hit a ball with a bat.

  • In school, visual-motor integration, which is a vital skill for handwriting, grows out of a good hand-eye co-ordination base. The eyes need to guide the hand in forming the letters and making sure they stay within the lines.

  • Eye tracking skills, which are vital for reading, can also develop through the gross motor games used for hand eye coordination.
toddler stacking blocks using hand-eye coordination
Young children use this skill in learning to stack towers etc, and we even need hand eye coordination to do simple things like ice biscuits!

Here are some easy hand-eye co-ordination games that will help your child develop this essential school skill. The easier ones are at the beginning and they increase in complexity as you go down the page.

simple ball game for hand eye coordination

Ball Rolling Exercise:
This one is good for young children or those whose skills are weak. have your child sit with legs apart, and you roll the ball between the legs. If the ball hits the tummy, you get the goal, so your child has to watch the ball to stop it before you get the goal! Your child can do the same to you, so get down on the floor and roll the ball back and forth.

relay game for hand eye coordination

Object Relay:
This is a fun indoor or outdoor game and the whole family can do it!The kids stand in a line and pass the ball to the child behind them. Do it overhead, then between the legs. Encourage the kids to use both hands together, and make it more fun by having a bucket of objects at the front that have to be transferred to an empty bucket at the back.

You can do this in fireman relay style, where everyone keeps their place, or have the last kid run to the front after placing the object in the bucket at the back, that way they all get a turn to be in front. Okay I put this into the bilateral coordination page as well, but it really works well for hand eye coordination, as the child has to watch carefully to make sure she does not miss the object and drop it, as that will make the team take longer to finish.

Catching and throwing a ball is great for hand eye coordination, but not if mom has to wait forever while her child retrieves missed balls! Do yourself a favour and suspend a ball in a net. You can use it for so many hand eye coordination games. Here’s how:

how to make ball in netI use a net bag, the kind that you get fruit and veggies in. I pop a tennis ball in and knot it to a length of rope. The rope needs to be long enough to get the ball level with your child’s chest. For younger children, use a larger plastic ball. Suspend the ball from any horizontal pole or even from a hook in a doorway.
Ball-in-net gameIt is so hard to get an action shot! But here, you can see a blur of green – that’s the ball that Jamie is about to catch after having pushed it out. He has to watch it carefully to catch it again with both hands together, and to not let it bang against his chest. We suspend ou ball from the horizontal pole on our verandah.

More Hand-Eye Coordination Activities
kindergarten ball-and-bat game to improve hand-eye coordinationYou can also use a beach bat to hit the ball-in-net. Younger children will find it easier to hit a larger ball before graduating to a tennis ball.
ball-and-bat game to improve hand-eye coordinationHere is an older child (Grade 2) hitting a tennis ball in the net. The net does not last forever, but replacing it every now and then is an awful lot easier than chasing balls around the garden!
ball exercise to improve hand eye coordinationOnce your child finds the ball-in-net really easy, get her to try tossing a ball against the wall and catching it again. You will need to experiment a bit to find the most effective distance from the wall – it depends on the size of the ball, and how forcefully your child throws it, but encourage her to start with a gentle toss! See how many she can catch before missing and keep a running daily record of her best tally.
Bean-bag toss to improve hand-eye coordinationTossing a beanbag or ball into the air and catching again is a good hand-eye coordination exercise.
Ball exercise for hand eye coordinationIf your child tends to throw haphazardly, get him to stand in a hoop or mark a circle for him to encourage him to keep his throws more orderly.

Check out our new Bilateral Coordination Activities E-book for more coordination activities to try at home!

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