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Eye Sight : Fun Ways to Help Develop Your Child’s Hand-Eye Coordination

Hand-eye coordination is a necessary skill for written language. Good hand-to-eye coordination also benefits general physical coordination, balance and confidence. The best way to have your child develop this skill is to let them play with toys and activities that involve looking at, using, and discriminating a number of elements. Here are some fun suggestions.

Puzzles are obviously a great activity for this but so are manipulative toys such as blocks, duplos, and magnetix. As it grows, a child's brain allows hand-to-eye coordination skills to be more and more refined. Toys designed to encourage drawing, coloring, cutting, batting, throwing and catching all boost hand-to-eye coordination.

Button a shirt. Tie a shoelace. Write with a pencil. These are a few of the daily tasks that depend on the dexterous skill of our hands. Although they may seem like simple gestures to adults who perform them almost as second nature, the development of hand skills and eye-hand coordination from birth is a complex process.

Many factors influence the development of hand skills including cognition, vision, touch and movement (also known as somatosensory systems). All of these variables affect the development of hand skills and a young child’s ability to play, care for themselves and achieve in school.

Overall human development progresses from the head down and from the trunk outward. In other words, skilled use of one's hands and fingers is the last in a long process of development. Improving hand-eye coordination can keep the reflexes keen and the best way to do that is by practice. The more you use these varied skills, the better they get. So to help your child learn pre-literacy skills and improve their learning abilities when they begin school, use some of these activities to stimulate their hand eye coordination.

1)Teach your children ball skills.

• Purchase a large rubber ball that is easy for little fingers to bounce on a hard surface.

• Have your child and yourself sit a small distance from each other, roll a ball between you.

• Using a plastic container suitable to ball size, throw the ball to your child encouraging them to catch it in the container.

• Purchase a baseball bat suitable for toddlers, these are usually plastic. Using a small plastic ball throw the ball to your child, encouraging them to hit it with the bat.

2)Climbing and playground activities.

• Encourage your child to climb and go down slides.

• Allow them to explore the playground independently.

• Encourage your child to roll, run and tumble.

3)Improving hand eye coordination with toys.

• Kids should be encouraged to use their toys imaginatively.

• Building blocks teach children to build and stack.

• Beads can be used to sort out in color and shape (over 3 years old)

• Encourage your child to string dry pasta on a string or beads.

• Your child's dolls and matchbox cars also stimulate early learning.

4)Using games and puzzles

• Jigsaw puzzles are great for children to learn hand eye co-ordination.

• Games for matching pairs.

• Memory games with picture cards.

• Eye Spy games, having your child find something within a book.

• Purchase a toddler hand held computer game.

• You can purchase computer games or visit safe web sites for your children, these can be educational and are great for teaching mouse and computer skills.

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