Visual Perceptual Activities

Holiday Patterned Bookmarks

You Will Need:

  • White card stock paper cut the page into 4 lengthwise
  • Foam stickers

The Activity:

Begin by creating a pattern by sticking foam shapes on paper and ask your child to continue the pattern. This is a great way to work on visual perceptual skills. Furthermore, peeling stickers is great way to work on finger skills. I like to have children create these and then use them as wonderful Holiday Bookmarks!


Fine Motor Activities

Santa needs a Beard

You Will Need:

  • Printout or drawing of Santa Clause with a big beard
  • Round Stick-on Magnetic
  • Cotton Balls
  • Alphabet Stickers
  • Adaptive Chopsticks

The Activity:

You can create your own Santa like I did by laminating a picture I found on line and adding a really large beard.

I stuck magnets on cotton balls

and also placed magnets on Santa’s beard.

I placed a letter sticker over the magnets on the cotton ball. I also covered the magnets on the beard with white paper circles that i cut out and stuck with glue.

I then laminated the entire santa so that I can use dry erase markers on it and use it in several ways when adapting to different skill levels and working on different concepts.

Alphabet Upper and Lower case letters: Ask your child to use adaptive chopsticks to pick up cotton balls. This will help your child work on important pincer grasp skills and match the upper case letter to the lower case letter on Santa’s beard.The magnets will help hold the cotton ball in place!

Math concepts: I also use this cute Santa to teach math concepts and learn how to write numbers. I use a dry erase marker to write down several math problems on Santa’s beard. Some of the cotton balls have number stickers on them. Children use the chopsticks to place the  cotton ball with the correct number on top of the math equation.

My focus as an OT is a child’s pincer strength so I love finding different ways to use chopsticks to work on these little muscles but at the same time turn it into a learning opportunity.

Visual Perceptual Activities

Holiday Memory Game

You Will Need:

  • Coasters or tags (I got these at Target)
  • Holiday pictures (I printed these online)
  • Holiday words
  • White card stock paper

The Activity:

I prepared laminated cards with Holiday Words and matching pictures and stuck them on these lovely coasters that I found at Target.

You can play several ways:

Memory game: Turn over all cards facing down and have your child find matches. This is a wonderful way to work on visual memory!

Reading: Keep all cards turned facing up and ask little ones to match words to pictures by reading.

Handwriting: During memory game if a child finds a match ask her to write it on paper or dry erase board.

Balance beam: Place these cards facing up on either side of a balance beam and ask children to pick up matches without losing their balance!

Obstacle course: The possibilities are endless, I use these on different playground equipment or rock wall and ask children to climb, slide etc.. to find a match. Once they  find a match, they come back to me and copy to word (or first letter) on a dry erase board.