Vision Development Toys and Games
Anything that promotes good gross motor skills is a toy I love. Often times in vision therapy and sports vision training, we incorporate balance boards to increase difficult and incorporate the vestibular system more into our therapy session. Because the vestibular system is directly linked to several visual reflexes, this is always a great area to target. This balance board is great for your little one and can be used for standing, sitting, or even pushup-like positions. Have fun!
These are some of the coolest blocks I’ve ever seen as the designers at Tegu generously and cleanly inserted magnets into them. These blocks are like a 3-D puzzle when you show your child the design they are building and a blank slate of creative block building with an added level when they are just building on their own. These do a great job of developing visualization, directionality, visual-motor integration, and many other skills. I couldn’t help be share more below.
These are really great and totally cover every letter of my ABCs of toys. Access can be early as children can benefit and build so many of the visual perception and visual information processing skills including directionality, figure ground, visual-motor integration, and fine motor skills just from manipulating these in their hands and making simple figures, even if not 3 dimensional. This has a great creativity component and can really grow with your child giving you a great deal that will last.
I thought this was just too cute to pass up and keeps the play very open for creativity. This can be incorporated with other toys for play tea parties or play bakery with sales and play money. This definitely builds many skills as well as visual motor, visual discrimination, figure ground if you were to lay them out and search for the desired piece, and more. Simple and timeless, you can’t go wrong with many Melissa and Doug products.
The list of skills worked on for this visually enticing and problem-solving games may seem pretty endless and that’s why many occupational therapists and myself absolutely love this as a toy/game option. Such skills include visual discrimination, figure-ground, visual memory, visual-motor
While this is certainly a toy that should be supervised during play for choking risk, I think that 3 years old wouldn’t be too early to give access to this amazing skill-building toy! The skills this will incorporate include visual-motor integration, visual discrimination, directionality, figure-ground, and so many more with a great Action & Reaction component. This really is a great example of a toy that is open for creativity but also has intricate and distinct parts to build on many skills.
If you’re looking for more fun “pretend play” items, look no further. This little ice cream parlor is not only super cute and promotes creativity by combining flavors and such, but it also promotes visual-motor integration, fine motor skills, mild figure ground, and visual discrimination. I may be biased because I have a sweet tooth, but this really is a great option for fun pretend play.
Since we use these in vision therapy, I had to include a set that I think is great quality and provides a great starting point for using, what we call, a parquetry board. These develop many skills and depending on how you use them can develop even more. When matching the images, this works on visualization, directionality, visual-motor integration, and fine-motor skills. To increase the challenge when they get older, you can show them the picture for a moment and then make them create it from memory further pushing their visualization skills and now also their visual memory.
The PlasmaCar is a great way for your little one to burn off some energy and fly around outside in a fun and unique way. Every toy can’t be tinkering and it’s incredibly important to get plenty of time outside moving around and letting our mind wander. I love this as it works on visual-motor integration, visual-vestibular integration as your little one balances their shifting body weight, and laterality as they work each side of their body back and forth. And don't worry, they come in many colors for your picky little one!
Of all of the dress up and body play sets out there, I love this one the most because of the learning component. What a fun way to start introducing a sense of one’s body and all the amazing things that are going on in it. More interactive than a book, this set is a great way to start teaching body parts.
While this puzzle may look a bit intimidating at first, remember that there are letters on each piece telling you exactly which ones attach to each. I thought this was a great way to really beautifully encourage learning your letters and learning the order of the alphabet. This puzzle is made of thick woodblocks and works on visual-motor integration, directionality, visualization, and fine motor skills.
I love this set because it really allows for more gross motor skills when working with dough and that can be a bit more encouraging when children are younger. While we all love playing with dough, the kits can often include pieces that are more aimed at developing fine motor skills with a great Action & Reaction component. The small pieces are great if the child is ready for that, but if they aren’t, then sometimes the pieces can be put to the side to avoid frustration and then the child is left missing something to encourage the development of their motor skill. So that’s why I really love these pieces. They are a great set!