Importance of Hand-Eye Coordination in Kids
Hand-eye coordination begins at infancy. Although the baby is practically nearsighted and can’t seem to recognize objects from afar, it is by instinct and constant exposure that infants will slowly progress towards focusing on moving objects at a much precise rate especially when he or she reaches the age of 2 months.
It is by 3 months of age, that an infant will display a more prominent hand-eye connection or coordination because the hands are now in the baby’s field of vision. They can control hand-eye movements and move on impulse with touching or grabbing objects that they can see or are attracted to.
In the toddler stage, your kid will be able to stack objects on top of each other or gather and collect toys in a particular sequence. They are now experts with handling the spoon and fork while feeding.
At age 4 and 5, your kid will be competent with the pen and will most likely try to tie his own shoelaces. Although at age 6, hand-eye coordination will move to a complex phase wherein the eye could be looking somewhere else while the hands are busy working on something. Multitasking seems to have developed from this stage.
Hand-eye coordination, in layman’s term, is all about using the eye or our visual system to process information and direct attention which controls the hands to perform tasks. Hand-eye coordination is important to be managed and developed even in the early years so that you will be able to carry out daily tasks with ease.
What is the importance of hand-eye coordination in kids?
- Mastery of handwriting skills begins with precise hand-eye coordination. Your eyes ought to guide your hands with writing letters and making sure that everything is in line.
- This is a very critical skill in sports because it helps you to focus on the goal such as when hitting a ball or catching a ball with precision.
- Tracking every word using visual skills.
- Life Skills. Hand-eye coordination in playtime is a preparatory for the real world. Building with legos, stacking up toys, following sets of instructions when playing hones a child to be ready for more tasks in the grownup stage.
Here are some fun activities that you can try with your kids to master hand-eye coordination:
- Object Relay. This is a great indoor and outdoor activity that mom and dad can do with kids during playtime. This is also a great game for parties.
Here’s how it works:
- If you are familiar with fireman relay, this works similarly with that. Let the kids form a single file. Prepare a bucket of toys in front of the line as well as an empty bucket waiting right at the back of the last child.
- Let the child pass one toy at a time to the kid on his back using both hands. Pass objects over the head alternately with that of passing things between their legs.
- The last kid will have to run in front of the line once he is done putting the toy on the bucket at the back; and so on so forth – until all toys are placed in the other bucket at the end of the line.
- Roll and Catch. This is a great game even for toddlers. It’s a game for two. Let the kids sit with legs opened wide or in a V position. Let the kids push the ball towards each other while attempting to stop it to prevent it from touching the chest. The first kid to get 5 goals is declared as winner.
- Playing Foosball. Kids will be able to enjoy playing foosball as it takes on a more complex way of doing hand-eye coordination. At first, your kids can observe while you maneuver the racks and then they can play side by side with you or as opponent. What’s great about foosball is that it trains a child to multitask because there are a lot of movements going on and also, be able to implement strategies in order to win the game.
There are lots of worthwhile activities that you can enjoy with your kids while also enriching their knowledge and sharpening hand-eye coordination in the process. Incorporating playtime with fun games is a great way to create more bonding moments with your children while also paving way in the mastery of cognitive and motor skills that they will need in the daily hustle and bustle of life.