Visual Motor Activities (Eye-Hand Coordination)

Visual motor skills are the skills used when we create an exact body movement based on visual images perceived and coordinated by our brain. We use visual motor skills in everyday tasks that involve seeing and responding to objects including catching a ball, writing, or playing video games.

Paper and pencil

  • Connect the dots
    • modify by drawing dashed lines between the dots to help your child track where the line should be going
  • Wordsearch
  • Symbol search - hunt for simple shapes like circle, square, heart or star if your child does not yet know letters and words

WikkiStix

  • Twist and bend into simple shapes - circle, triangle, square
  • Add WikkiStix shapes together to make a picture (ie, 3 circles to make a snowman)
  • Progress to shaping into letters
  • Progress to writing words like their name
  • Draw shapes on a board and then place Wikkistix over to create pictures

Play dough

  • Roll play dough into a ball, flatten, use a pencil or toothpick to draw pictures, words, shapes
  • Roll play dough into a long ‘snake’, then shape the ‘snake’ into different items
    • Letters
    • Numbers
    • Shapes
    • Simple pictures
  • “Tracing with play dough” - Draw shapes/words on dry erase board, and place playdough over

Ball activities

  • Bowling
  • Throw and catch with a large and soft ball, at least basketball size
  • Throw beanbags or small stuffed animals into buckets
  • Zoom-ball

Drawing

  • Step-by-step drawing
    • Try backwards chaining by drawing most of the picture and having the child complete it by connecting missing lines or adding missing features
    • Always have a model for reference
  • Tracing pictures using tracing paper

DIY games

  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Dots
    • Modify game to only make squares
  • Hangman

Board games

Connect Four - Visual tracking to find patterns, Finding patterns from a distracting field
Uno - Recognizing and matching letters and colors
Spot It - Visual scanning of the environment, distinguishing between foreground and background
Go Fish - Coordinating movements to align with moving pieces
Operation - Coordinating precise motor movements to small pieces on game board
Bingo - Scanning board and tracking patterns

Pipe cleaners

  • Lacing
    • Copying bead color, shape and size patterns from a model for visual tracking and visual perception
    • Lace with fun foods like pasta or cereal
    • Lace favorite beads to make a bracelet
    • Be careful with sharp ends
  • Twist and bend into simple shapes - circle, triangle, square
  • Add pipe cleaner shapes together to make a picture (ie, 3 circles to make a snowman)
    • Progress to shaping into letters
    • Progress to writing words like their name

Cutting

  • Use bolded lines
  • Can use a thick black marker to make lines bolder
  • Have a model to reference when making a craft project
  • Begin with simple snips
    • Progress to straight lines not more than 4-5 inches long
    • Next progress to gentle curves
    • Next progress to angles over 90 degrees
    • Progress to sharper angles

Links

Fine Motor Activities
Household Chores
Cutting Milestones