Visual Perceptual Activities

Summer Puzzles


Tips on Teaching Little ones to complete a puzzle:

The idea is to help children move from a trial and error approach to a problem-solving approach

  1. Make sure they see the completed puzzle before breaking it up
  2. Teach children to match colors, patterns etc (they don’t always realize this strategy)
  3. If it’s too difficult, give them 2 pieces at a time to match up
  4. With larger puzzles I like teaching children to create the frame first and then fill in the rest of the puzzle. I also like puzzles that have the sky and the ground when teaching larger puzzles as this is a strategy too to figure out where pieces go.
  5. I also give hints ex: if the pick up a piece of an airplane I say: Does it go in the sky or in the water? Give hints by asking questions.
  6. Use verbal cueing for instance, when the correct piece doesn’t fit, I encourage children by saying: turn it and try another side. I have them try and encourage them to turn the puzzle piece till it makes a fit.
  7. Remind children to refer to the picture on the box.
  8. For children that don’t like puzzles, use it as part of an obstacle course! It helps them comply and focus!

You can purchase this cute puzzle as part of Miss Mancy’s Summer Days Activity Kit!

Skills Addressed:

Puzzles help children work on visual perceptual skills. It also teaches them problem-solving, organization and focused attention. I find that many children do not like puzzles but it’s because they can be overwhelming. However if you walk them through it, they actually love the satisfaction of finding connecting pieces.

Visual Perceptual Activities

XOXO Tic-Tac-Toe

You will Need:

  • Dry erase board
  • Dry erase markers

The Activity:

Play XOXO Tic Tac Toe using Valentine colors or play with X and hearts.



Therapy Corner:

Tic Tac Toe is a wonderful Visual perceptual activity to play with children. It works on so many important skills such as motor planning (figure out a strategy), problem solving (how to respond to “opponent’s” strategy). I also like to use this activity for children who work on their diagonals (by making them the X and me the O)


Visual Perceptual Activities

Stocking Surprise!

Stereognosis is the ability to perceive and recognize the form of an object using cues from texture, size, spatial properties, and temperature. This is an important skill for children to develop so they can open/close buttons, zippers and other fasteners on their clothing without visually monitoring their fingers. It is also a skill we use when looking for keys in our purse! (and if your purse looks anything like mine, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack!!! (:

You Will Need:

A Christmas stocking or Santa hat

Holiday items such as candy cane, bell, little box/present etc…

Corresponding pictures or words of the items you picked out

Dry erase board and marker OR pencil and paper

The Activity:

There are many ways to play this game depending on your child’s skill level. I have listed a few.

1- Stack the cards with pictures and have your child turn one over. She then places her hand inside the stocking and and pulls out the matching item.

2- For children that can read or are practicing reading skills, you can use cards with words on them instead of pictures.

3-Place all card facing up in front of your child. Place only ONE item in the stocking. Ask your child to place their hand in the stocking and feel the item you placed. After 10 seconds (without pulling the item in the stocking) ask your child to identify what item they touched by picking out the correct card.

4- In clinic I like to also practice handwriting so I ask children to write down the name of the item that they identify correctly!