Visual Motor Skills for Kids | The OT Toolbox

Visual Motor Skills for Kids

We have shared quite a few posts relating to vision and visual perception!

Visual Perception Activity for Kids

is made up of many areas related to vision and the ability to perceive sight with relation to movement of the hands and body in functional tasks.  Visual perceptual skills in kids are necessary for so many things...from self-care to fine motor skills, to gross motor skills...all parts of a child's development require visual perception.  There are many pieces to the giant term of "visual perception".  

Kids rely on their development of visual perceptual skills for so many functional tasks.  From handwriting to self-care, visual motor skills are important!  This blog has so many ideas for activities to work on visual motor and eye hand coordination with kids!

When it comes to vision, there is so much to learn!  Start by checking out Visual Motor Integration developmental milestones for age-appropriate skills that children typically master from age 0-5.

Activities to help develop visual motor integration:

Hand-Eye Coordination Activity for Kids

Hand-eye coordination is using the information received through the vision system to coordinate the hands with control, in order to complete a task, such as handwriting or catching a ball.

Penguin math activity

Finger dexterity game with recycled bubble wrap
Sight word sensory bin with shredded paper
Cardboard box golf tee hammering
Letter learning with recycled bottle caps
Recycled bottle cap sight word stamps
Visual Scanning Activities
Sight word game
Giant motor planning maze

Visual Spatial Relations is organizing the body in relation to objects or spatial awareness.  This is an important part of handwriting.  Spacing pieces of a puzzle amongst the others and writing in relation to the lines is one way to work on this skill.

Concentric Circle Painting
Line Matching with pipe cleaners
Color matching Elemer Activity
Word building with nature
Line awareness heart maze
Finger dexterity exercise
Winter scissor activity-cut icicles
Pencil Control candy cane
Sight word match with string
Giant motor planning maze
Line awareness bead picture
Create your own race track
Letters on the garage door

Visual Discrimination is determining differences in color, form, size, shape. 

Visual Closure is the ability to fill in parts of a form in the mind's eye to determine shape or a whole object.  

Visual Figure Ground is the ability to locate objects within a cluttered area (think "I Spy").  Finding a red square among the pile of foam pieces is one fun way to work on this area of visual perception.