Looking for how to improve Visual Discrimination skills of preschoolers? Check out these easy Visual Discrimination activities and games for preschoolers at home that you can easily play or set up with things available at home.
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What is Visual Discrimination?
An ability to identify the similarities and differences between shapes, sizes, patterns, colours and objects.
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Why is it needed?
In order to interpret the environment around us, visual discrimination skills become mandatory. Equally important is the time when we as parents start working on developing these skills for our toddlers/pre-schoolers.
There are lot of activity workbooks available in the market to practice these skills and the internet is equally flooded with free printables which may be easily printed and practiced. Click here for some Free visual discrimination worksheets printables to get you started.
But again we cannot expect our little ones to sit for a longer duration and practice, so it has to be hands on for them, not ignoring the importance of paper pencil but a blend of both makes it interesting for them
Easy Visual discrimination activities and games for preschoolers
Some very simple and easy to arrange Visual Discrimination activities and games or preschoolers are listed below:
Matching socks to make a pair
I remember this was the very first visual discrimination activity that I did with my two year old son. I gave him his own socks and kept the other pair in a basket. He has to find out the right pair and match.
Sorting the bowls
Kitchen utensils are every kid’s favorite, so why not have a simple game using bowls from the kitchen?
Bowls of either different shapes, sizes or colours can be used for this activity where the child has to sort them according to shape, size or colour.
Take your child for a nature hunt and ask him / her to collect various kinds of leaves, twigs, seed etc . He /she may then be involved in sorting them according to types, shape etc.
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Grouping using colourful pebbles
I recently bought a packet of colourful pebbles from an aquarium store and grouped them into groups of twos, threes and fours mixing pebbles of different colours and my little one had to create similar groups.
We had a gala time doing this as it involved counting, sorting and matching colours to make groups.
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Fun time with stickers – Patterns fun
I get a lot of stickers from a stationery shop and make various patterns on sheets and he has to complete them. A very good activity for developing fine motor skills as well.
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You can get such stickers online and these are an excellent educational aids to plan activities with kids
Do as directed with colour counters
We bought these colour counters and mats from a local stationary store. As a part of our family time, we played this wonderful game.
I was the one who was the instructor and the little one and his father had to follow my instructions. I called out the name of a colour and they had to pick them and put it on the mat. We did this till all the places were occupied.
I kept in some and they had the liberty to put it anywhere on the mat. Parents may even choose a particular sequence.
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A gross motor activity which can be done on the terrace or not that busy a street. We make patterns on the road, for example, a circle with a star, triangle, then another circle with a star, circle, another one with a circle and a triangle and so one.
Then the parent gives instruction to the child to jump from one circle to another following the clue, for example jump to the circle which has a star and a triangle and so on.
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