9 Activities to Help Strengthen Children’s Hand-Eye Coordination

In order for a child to have the ability to copy, write, or draw, he or she must have visual motor integration, which involves both efficient and effective communication between the eyes and hands.

Handwriting and other school skills can be very difficult for these children. They simply aren’t able to coordinate or integrate their visual systems with their motor systems. To do this is a struggle for them.

Besides handwriting, a child will also have difficulty participating in sports, reading, and skills in play and life.

If you want to help your child to be successful in these areas as well as others, you should get your child to participate in activities designed to help with the integration of visual and motor skills.

Activities to Help Integrate Visual and Motor Skills


Visual Motor Integration (VMI) for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Trains on a track — A great activity for toddlers is to play with trains on a track. When the toddler strives to keep the train on the track, this activity can develop good eye-hand coordination for the child.
• A car mat — Another activity for developing eye-hand coordination is for a toddler to play with a car mat. When the child strives to drive the car on the road without the car going off the road, he or she can develop hand-eye coordination.
•  Peg puzzles and pegboards – This is a great VMI activity for young preschool kids and toddler. In order to get the puzzle pieces or peg into the holes, he or she must carefully focus.

Activities to Encourage Visual Motor Skills

• Jumping games – For this game, your child can jump rope, jump on a trampoline, or do jumping games. While your child jumps, you should hold up a word card or picture. For each jump, you should hold up a different card. Make the game a challenge by asking what’s on each card while your child is in the air. If the child is answering quickly, try math problems for him or her to solve when in the air.
• Play catch – Play catch with your child using a variety of balls. The balls should be different in both weights and sizes. You can try kick balls, beach balls, whiffle balls, bouncy balls, and more. You also might use a bean bag or stuffed animal. This activity will improve your child’s hand-eye coordination.
• Swing and toss – While your child swings, hold a hula hoop in front of him or her at a safe distance. Challenge your child to throw a bean bag or ball into the hoop while he or she swings. The design of this activity is to encourage and develop the child’s core strength, balance, problem-solving, sensory integration, and also improve his or her visual skills.
• Origami – Most children enjoy origami. As they fold paper intricately, they improve the strength of their wrists and hands while building a cute animal or a fun figure they can be proud of. Origami kits can be purchased for children of all ages and levels of ability with this activity.

Activities for Young Children to Develop Visual-Motor Skills

• Younger children can enhance their visual-motor skills with the integration of non-writing activities. They can cut with scissors, use play-dough to make shapes or objects, practice zipping, buttoning, tying, and pouring.
• Another activity for young children is to use tracing paper to trace pictures in books. They can also do puzzles or mazes that will help them to build eye-hand coordination.

Hopefully, the above activities will be ones suited to your child. The age and ability levels of your child will determine which are best for your child.

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