Practical Life

Hand-Eye Coordination Activities

Developing hand-eye coordination in children is an important part of their growth and learning. Hand-eye coordination is defined as the coordinated control of eye movement with hand movement and the processing of visual input. Reaching and grasping along with the use of proprioception of the hands to guide the eyes is how these senses develop. Proprioception and kinesthesia is the knowing of where the body is in space and how it is moving with visual processing. Then the body has to coordinate a pattern to accomplish a goal.

Hands-on ways for children to develop in these areas has to do with using both fine-motor and gross-motor skills. Children can learn with simple, everyday objects like with hand-eye coordination games, blocks and puzzles and they can also be exposed to certain activities and materials of varying kinds. This site is devoted to providing children with many more ideas and lesson plans to help children to develop in these areas. Download printable alphabet sewing cards, practical life thematic units, coloring pages, handwriting and tracing sheets, measuring and pouring like in cooking activities, folding and cutting papers.

There are many creative ways to expand on hand-eye development skills for children – find important lists and suggestions here.

Other great ways to help improve hand-eye coordination:

Stringing beads
Drawing, coloring
Playing with Playdough
Building with Legos
Arts and Crafts
Gross-Motor games and songs
Poking pin sheets