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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.
It is so easy to include activities to boost visual perception in your child's life, so I've put together lots of photographed activity ideas to help you!
There is some overlap between the different areas of visual perception, and some of the visual perception activities on my pages can be used to boost 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!
This skill helps a child to realize that a letter remains the same no matter what font it is printed in, or whether it is written in a different place (such as on a board instead of in a book)
Try these form constancy activities and tips to help your child learn how shapes and forms remain constant.
Good visual discrimination can help a child to correctly perceive letters and numbers where there is only a small difference between them (eg S and 5).
Use these fun activities and games to help your child learn to pay attention to visual details in matching things up and spotting things that don’t belong.
Figure-ground perception can, among other things, help a child to not lose his/her place when reading or when copying from the board.
Try these figure-ground perception activities to help your child learn to find information in a busy background, using activities, simple games and worksheet activities.
Visual closure skills can help your child to make sense of things that are only partly visible. This can help your child to read more fluently and decode words more accurately.
Try these simple visual closure activities to help your child develop this skill.
Doing 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.
These OT Mom articles contain step by step instructions to help parents teach their kids how to do puzzles.
These pages on my site can help you learn more about visual perception and how it can affect a child's school skills:
Although children should be developing their skills primarily through play and exploring their environment, there is sometimes a place for occasional, good quality, well thought out printable visual perception activities and worksheets.
These are my favourite printable resources, with exclusive bundle deals for my OT Mom readers.
Well chosen toys and games can be helpful in improving your child's visual perceptual skills. Many occupational therapists make use of these in their therapy sessions.
I have 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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