02 Oct Hand-eye Coordination – Advice For Parents
Hand Eye Coordination For Children
Hand-eye coordination is how your child processes visual information to help them co-ordinate the movement of their hands to accomplish tasks. It works together with fine motor skills (using small muscles for activities like doing up a button) and also gross-motor skills (using larger muscles for tasks like hitting or catching a ball).
Without well-developed hand-eye coordination, children would not be able to carry out everyday tasks such as writing, pouring a drink or putting socks on.
What can I do to help my child’s hand-eye coordination?
There are many fun activities you can do at home to help develop and practise your child’s hand-eye co-ordination
- Let your child use paints, pencils, crayons and chalks to make marks on paper, outside walls and patios (there are many washable products). As your child develops, you can show them different marks to copy and practise such as straight lines, circles and crosses;
- Play roll and catch. Sit on the floor with your child, legs spread apart, feet touching and roll the ball to each other. Encourage your child to ‘catch’ the ball before it hits their body;
- Play with lacing cards or beads. Stringing beads (or tubed pasta or cut straws is just as good) to create patterns or use lacing cards to sew with. If your child finds threading beads hard, use a thin piece of dowelling, stuck in some play dough to stabiles it, to start off with;
- Peg dolly’s clothes on the clothes line. Washing dolly’s clothes is great fun and pegs are a good way of developing that pincer grip and strength in fingers too;
- Play balloon volleyball. Throw the balloon up into the air and encourage your child to hit it. Adding a penny inside the balloon will make the balloon’s pattern more unpredictable.
Developing hand-eye co-ordination from a young age will benefit your child as they start school. They will have the confidence to join in activities; be able to get dressed easily after PE and will find art activities and writing so much easier.
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