Our movements are guided by vision. In order for our brains to coordinate a motor plan for a particular task, we need visual input for accuracy. Visual motor skills or eye-hand coordination impacts our dexterity and motor movements for so many tasks: handwriting, scissor use, threading beads, reading a paragraph, throwing a ball, placing a cup on a shelf, coloring in lines, and pouring milk into a bowl are just a few skills that require coordination of the vision and hands.
If eye hand coordination skills are lacking, then these areas of function will be difficult to do with ease. Learning, social interactions, and independence in tasks can be limited as a result. That’s a pretty clear a reason to look at eye-hand coordination when there seem to be “bigger picture” problems.
Consult an Occupational Therapist for evaluation of visual motor integration and an individualized treatment plan.
Eye Hand Coordination Activity
This scooping activity is a simple way to work on the eye-hand coordination needed for coordinated movements of the hands in relation to visual input. An activity as simple as scooping beads can help children (and adults addressing physical disabilities!) to improve their visual motor integration.
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We used a HUGE bin of seed beads and a flower ice cube tray. This is a similar tray. It was a tray of 10 flowers, making it perfect for counting to ten with my toddler and preschooler and working on ten frame math facts with my kindergartner.
I added a couple of small scoops to our beads. These scoops came from dry laundry detergent and were the perfect size for scooping the beads into each flower. Scooping and pouring the beads into each flower, one at a time works on eye hand coordination to make sure the beads fall into the flowers and not over the edge of the ice cube tray.
To improve eye-hand coordination:
Make sure your child is scooping beads into one section of the ice tray at a time. They need to intentionally fill one section while trying to keep the beads in that section. If the beads are falling over the edge of the ice cube tray and into other sections, it’s not working on eye-hand coordination.
Want more flower activities? Try these:
More eye-hand coordination activities. Which would be a favorite with your child?