Monday, July 28, 2014

Hand-Eye Coordination Letter Activity for Kids

How many times a day do you hear the phrase, "I'm hungry!" ?? It seems like that's all I hear all. day. long.  One afternoon the kids were extremely hungry. again. and I put together this quick little activity and snack combined. 

We practiced a few skills (letter identification, letter matching, visual scanning, eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills) while we enjoyed a little letter snack!

Kids will love to practice letter matching with alphabet cookies!

 
 
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Letter Matching Activity for Kids



I used a sheet of paper and quickly wrote out the lower case letters of the alphabet.  Our snack was a little cup of alphabet cookies.  We matched up the upper case letters to the lower case letters.  This was a great activity for my preschooler.  Little Guy (age 5) was so quick to match the letters (mostly because he wanted to eat them)!  Baby Girl (age 2 and 1/2) had some trouble with identifying the upper case letters, but we haven't really worked on that yet. This is a great activity to introduce letter identification for younger preschoolers.  The cookie incentive is sweet!


Mom only snuck a few cookies.
 
This is a fun eye hand coordination activity for kids. Bonus, it's a snack too!
 

Visual Scanning Activity for Kids

 
Visual scanning is essential for handwriting skills, puzzles, word searches, mazes, and many many functional tasks.  Scanning a room for a missing sock may be difficult if a child demonstrates difficulty with visual scanning. 
 
When matching the upper case letters to the lower case letters, the child must scan the whole page in order to search and find the correct letter.  Younger children or those working on visual scanning skills may require modifications to this.  You could fold the page in half, offering only half of the options.


Fine Motor Activity for Kids

Picking up those cookies and laying them flat on the paper is a fun way to practice fine motor skills.  Don't let those cookies crumble by pinching too hard!  Children will use a tip to tip grasp to pick up the cookies from the table surface, may tuck one or a few cookies into their palms, and transfer the cookies one at a time (hopefully!) into their mouths.  What a great fine motor experience!

Hand-Eye Coordination Activity for Kids

Hand-eye coordination is using the information received through the vision system to coordinate the hands with control, in order to complete a task, such as handwriting or catching a ball.

 
Don't have alphabet cookies?  You could also use alphabet pretzels or alphabet cereal in this activity.

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