It is often tricky to find visual perception activities for older kids that can build their skills without making them feel juvenile.
As my own kids have grown older, there are a bunch of visual-based games and activities that we have had lots of fun doing as a family, and I have used these same resources to help build the visual perceptual skills of older kids that I have worked with.
The best part is that they can easily be given as gifts, or added to the family game cupboard, without anyone feeling like they are being given a therapy activity!
So here are my favorites - with a brief explanation of how I use it to encourage the development of visual perceptual skills, and any tips that might help.
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This fast paced game is a huge hit with my own kids and their friends, even into the teen years. The best part is that it develops visual discrimination, visual scanning and figure-ground perception skills, while still being loads of fun!
I personally also think it brings visual memory skills into play, because you learn to take a quick mental "photo" of one card to match up the items with the other card.
Jigsaw puzzles can be fun, yet challenging activities for older kids and teens. Depending on the number of pieces, the size of the pieces and the picture itself, your teen will be boosting figure-ground perception, visual discrimination and spatial perception/orientation skills.
If your older child or teen has not really been interested in puzzles before, you may find it tricky to get started. I have put together a page of tips and strategies to help you spark your teen's interest in doing puzzles - check it out!
You can view some lovely 500 piece puzzles in the Ravensburger store on Amazon#Ad - these are the ideal size for older kids and teens, and there are all kinds of themes to catch your child's interest.
We have framed quite a few puzzles over the years to match our kids' bedroom decor!
If you are going on a road trip anytime soon, or if your child appreciates quiet down-time, these books make ideal visual activities for older kids. There are a number of seek-and-find type books that have been created for older kids, with "real" themes such as art, history and geography.
I love the fact that older kids can learn about art history, or famous landmarks, or classical literature, while having fun with these books.
And working on visual scanning and figure-ground perception into the bargain!
Here are some lovely books on Amazon which are geared to older kids than most seek&find books...
Kaleidograph is a fantastic activity that is a regular go-to for my own older kids and teens when we are heading for a long car trip or a quiet weekend away.
Kaleidograph can be used for creative free play, where your child just plays around with the different layers and colors, or it can be used for focused copying of one of the designs given with the pack.
The focused design copying aspect is what will help develop visual perception, spatial perception and planning skills.
Your child will be using figure-ground perception and visual discrimination skills when they study the picture to discern the different elements of the design.
I have a full review of Kaleidograph on my site, and on that page I have laid out various tips and strategies to help kids who struggle with any aspect of the activity.
So do pop on over and see photos of this game in action, as well as honest feedback about various aspects of the different sets.
The different sets make great visual perceptual activities for older kids and I highly recommend them.
I hope this page has helped to inspire you with some visual perception activities for older kids!
My links to the products on Amazon were for your convenience - you may be able to find the products in your local department store, in a thrift shop or maybe even borrow them from a friend!
They also make great gift ideas for birthdays and holidays!
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