A Baby's Eyes
Ways to Promote
Vision Development

Seeing, more than any other sense, guides
and shapes your child's behavior and
learning experiences. The following are some
examples of visually stimulating activities
that can assist with vision development in
infants and toddlers.
Birth to four months
Use a nightlight or other dim lamp in your baby's room so
he/she has something to look at when waking up.
If the crib is against a wall, change its position frequently
and your child's position in it.
Keep reach-and-touch toys within your baby's focus, about
eight to ten inches.
Talk to your baby as you walk around the room.
Alternate right and left sides with each feeding.
Five to eight months
Hang a mobile, crib gym or various objects across the crib for
the baby to grab, pull and kick.
Give the baby plenty of time to play and explore on the floor.
Provide plastic or wooden blocks that can be held in the hands.
Play patty cake and other games, moving the baby's hands
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through the motions while saying the words aloud.
Provide colorful toys that make noises and objects of
different textures, sizes and weights with which to play.
Nine to twelve months
Play hide and seek games with toys or your face to help
your baby develop visual memory.
Name objects when talking to encourage your baby's word
association and vocabulary development skills.
Encourage crawling and creeping.
Read aloud from books that have large pictures.
Help develop hand-eye coordination by giving your
child stacking and snap-together toys with which to play.
One to two years
Roll a ball back and forth to help your child follow objects with
his/her eyes.
Give the child building blocks and balls of all shapes and sizes to
play with to boost fine motor skills and small muscle development.
Read or tell stories to stimulate your child's ability to visualize and
pave the way for learning and reading skills.
Give your child objects he or she can push or pull.
Have your child practice catching a balloon.
Key to both visual and overall development is active participation by the
child. Children learn better, when they directly participate in activities
rather than just passively watch. And parents involvement in playtime
activities can help further enhance the learning experience.
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