Visual perception is how we make sense of our world. It is more than just seeing, it involves complex processes in our brain to understand what our eyes see. Visual perceptual skills are very important for reading and writing.
Help develop your child’s visual perceptual skills through play with these activities:
•• Shape sorters – Start with the round and square shapes and add the harder shapes as they improve.
•• Puzzles – Show how the pieces fit into the puzzle and then how pieces fit together to make a picture.
•• Memory and lotto style games – Play colour lotto or shape and number bingo.
•• Seek and find books – Encourage them to find the hidden objects within the pages, teach them to scan left to right along the page.
•• LEGO® and DUPLO® – Encourage them to follow each step and help by sorting the pieces until they have the skills to sort and find the right piece as well as assemble the design.
•• Connect 4 and Battleship – Great games for the bigger kids.
TOYS FOR PERCEPTUAL PLAY
1. Lunch Punch Puzzle Sandwich Cutter Two Pack – RRP $15.00 – www.trendyliltreats.com.au
2. Chunky Airplane Puzzle – RRP $9.95 – www.ellej.com.au
3. Caterpillar Shape Tower – RRP $29.95 – www.ellej.com.au
4. Petilou Chouelette Owl Puzzle – RRP $16.95 – www.playmackay.com.au
5. Play Ramp Racer – RRP $44.95 – www.theplayprojects.com