Visual perception is the ability to interpret and understand what you see. Visual perception is more than the ability to see accurately, it involves interpretation of visual information which occurs within the brain.
Visual perceptual skills impact many different areas of development and function including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-care, accessing play equipment and community access.
Play matching games such as Bingo or Dominos which require you to look for specific pictures or shapes.
Find hidden pictures in books such as “Where’s Wally” or I-spy, complete basic word search activities.
Jigsaw puzzles – encourage your child to look at the shapes and turn them around until they fit.
Recognising dot to dot or incomplete pictures then joining the dots. Draw half a shape, half a letter, half a number, guess the complete form and then draw in the rest.
Copying movements or body sequences with games such as “Simon says”.
Playing ball games. Grade this by starting with larger balls and working down to smaller balls and then to increase the difficulty try and throw the ball at a target such a box.
Construction-type activities such as Duplo, Lego or other building blocks. Encourage your child to copy designs you have built or use building cards with patterns to copy.
Obstacle courses comprising of objects to pass through, over, under, along and around.
Throwing and aiming games – throwing a ball through a net, Skittles, bean bags, quoits activities.
Threading beads or stacking blocks in a colour or shape sequence.
Blowing bubbles and popping them with fingers, then hands together.
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Please ensure that adult supervision is given when completing these activities.