Visual perception activities can help a child to make sense of the information that the eyes are sending to the brain. Having good visual perception skills can therefore help prepare your child for formal learning.
Over the years of doing occupational therapy, working with kids from deprived backgrounds and homeschooling my own kids, I have compiled lots of ideas, tips and photographed activities to help develop visual perception skills. You can find links to all my information on this page!
There is some overlap between the different areas of visual perception, and some of the activities I suggest can be used to develop more than one skill.
If your child struggles with a new concept, try something different and come back to the challenging activity another day. Most of all, have fun!
These visual perception activities are intended to encourage your child's normal visual perceptual development.
If you suspect your child has visual perceptual delays, please seek a professional opinion.
Every child should be exposed to a range of hands-on visual perception activities during the early years. This will help to lay a good foundation for the skills they need for learning at school.
Click on the images below to visit a page on my site that is packed with information, tips and activities for each area of visual perception. There are many ideas that use household objects, and regular childhood toys.
Did you know that there are different visual perceptual skills that your child needs to learn? Many parents have questions about visual perception, and lots of people are unsure about why it is important.
These pages of my site will give you an overview of this important area of your child's development.
Doing jigsaw puzzles is a popular childhood activity. However, children from deprived backgrounds and children with developmental delays often struggle to grasp the concept of building puzzles.
On these pages, I give step-by-step photographed instructions and tips to help parents show their kids how to do puzzles, from toddlers through kindergarten!
The page for toddlers can also be used for preschool kids who struggle with puzzles - it often helps to go back to the beginning and get the basics right.
I believe the best way for kids to develop their visual perceptual skills is through play and exploring their environment. But you can still use some paper resources!
You can download some lovely printable activities that you can cut out to make visual perception matching games, graphing games and more.
Once your child has been working on visual skills with hands-on activities, then you can introduce some occasional, good quality worksheets like the ones below.
These are my favorite printable resources, with exclusive bundle deals for my OT Mom readers.
There are a variety of toys and games that can be helpful in improving your child's visual perceptual skills. Many occupational therapists make use of these in their therapy sessions, but they are also great for kids to have at home, and they encourage interactive play with their friends and siblings.
In addition to games, toys and activities that I refer to on the individual visual perception skill pages, I have also selected a range of visual perceptual products over at PFOT that parents and teachers can make use of at home and in the classroom.
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If you are looking for games and resources that can help build the skills of older kids and teens, then take a look at this page...visual perception activities and tips for older kids.
This free printable download gives you an overview of the different visual perception skills and how they impact on your child's learning.
It is part of a set of 3 handouts that I compiled to help parents understand how visual perception, gross motor, and fine motor skills can affect your child's learning.
PS: This visual perception download is also available in Spanish.
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