Vision Development
Toys and Games

Looking for fun ways to work your visual processing skills at home?! We have you covered!  Dr. Baker put together a list of some of her favorite games and activities to keep you busy and developing.

While these games can't take care of everything and are not a treatment for binocular vision and visual processing disorders, they are great for working on certain skills!  Enjoy!

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While we don't like to promote too much screen time, the Osmo system is so great for so many great games that work visual processing and perceptual skills in a great way.  With most of the tasks requiring the child to work in a space off of the screen, it's a great way to let your child have "screen time" and do something really fun and interactive while not really allowing them to stare at the screen.

While we use this game in vision therapy in different ways, the true way to play it requires visualization, planning, problem solving and ​so much more.  Great for the kids and adults, this classic game is a must have for every family game shelf.

If you're looking for a really good game to think, problem solve, and possibly go a little crazy looking for that perfect "set" to win, this is your game.  My husband and I got this game as a gift and as I went over the directions I couldn't believe how clever and challenging this seemingly simple game could be.  As I played, I could see the many skills that, when properly and most efficiently developed, would give you an advantage over your opponent.  This really is a great one to have and I'm so happy we have it for a good game to enjoy and be challenged with.

I don't know if there's anything that my parents fear more than my requests to play Rummikub.  Loving puzzles, running multiple complex option for switching pieces around, and  using visualization and sequential memory to run through every move before I stared my attempt of getting rid of one more piece, I was absolutely obsessed with this game.  I would request to play it over and over until I was falling asleep and now that I realize the visual processing and planning skills I was developing, I'm so glad this game somehow made it into our house when I was a child. 

A frequent homework assignment, hidden pictures are great for working countless visual processing skills and, in my humble opinion, a must have in every home.  Great for passing the time, introducing a challenge, and sneaking in some visual processing skills, kids love the fun and creative pictures and get a great vision workout!

Moving the next step up and working some different skills, word searches are another great way to  work several visual processing skills.  A great activity to do at night under a soft non-fluorescent light, this is a great alternative to teens scrolling through their phone and can help them wind down a bit too.

Working on skills of smooth eye pursuits, figure ground, and more, mazes are a common homework assignment in vision therapy and another great activity book to have at home.  Great for traveling and another great activity to do at night to wind home, a good book of fun mazes is always good to have on hand. 

Another game that we utilize in our therapy sessions in various ways, twister is such a great way to work on your directionality and laterality.  As both the right and left parts of the body are required as well as the hands and feet and moving our head into positions of facing down and up instead of a usual forward facing position, this is just such a phenomenal way to really work everything!

As with many games, I often love to highlight that the simpler the game is, the more ways you can actually use it and either simplify it or make it harder.  Being able to simply this game, you can start kids at an early age and control what they have to do without using the spinner.  Since teaching right and left be a bit... boring, this game can certainly make it more interesting and will certainly be in our rotation at home for teaching right and left through play.