According to the American Public
Health Association, about 10% of
preschoolers have eye or vision
problems. However, children this
age generally will not voice
complaints about their eyes.
Things you can do at home to help your preschooler
successfully develop his or her vision skills include:
Practice throwing and catching a ball, balloon, or bean bag.
Read aloud to your child and let him or her see what is being read.
Provide a chalkboard or finger paints.
Encourage play activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as block building and
assembling simple puzzles.
Play simple memory or matching games.
Provide opportunities to color, cut and paste.
Make time for outdoor play including ball games, bike/tricycle riding, swinging and
Encourage imagination skills when reading a story to your child by asking if he or she
can guess what happens next.
Provide play materials and dress-up clothes to act out imaginary parts.
Make large wooden or plastic beads available for stringing.
Parents Can Help Build
Vision is learned. Children develop needed vision
skills through their everyday experiences. But not all
children have the same opportunities to learn and
practice these skills.
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Children need opportunities through play to stimulate and enhance their
developing visual skills. Many toys can provide a very useful means of helping
a preschool child practice and enhance his or her vision skills.
To find out more, see the list of age-appropriate toys and games that can help
improve visual and thinking abilities.
There are many ways to use playtime activities to help your child learn and grow.
Baby's Eye Exam
Children's Eye Exam
Learning to Read
Signs of Eye or Vision
Toys that Help
Vision and Intelligence
Vision and Learning
Vision and Reading