3 games to improve hand-eye coordination

28 Sep, 2023

3 fun games to develop hand-eye coordination the whole family can enjoy.

Hand-eye coordination is the seamless use of eye and hand movements, that allows us to effortlessly process visual information while reaching and grasping objects. It also involves the integration of proprioception, which helps us guide our hands with precision and accuracy. It is an essential part of performing everyday tasks. Without it, most people would not be able to carry out simple actions like picking up a book from a table.

As with all skills, hand-eye coordination can be practised and improved, and luckily for you, we have included a few fun ways to achieve this below…

An Occupational Therapist and a child working together on a game to improve hand-eye coordination.

Puzzles

Completing puzzles not only enhances hand-eye coordination but also sharpens visual-spatial skills and problem-solving abilities. With a wide range of puzzle options for various ages and skill levels, the puzzles can gradually be made more difficult.

Threading Beads

Threading beads onto a string is a great way to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This activity can be made more challenging by using smaller beads or by threading the beads onto a curved surface.

Beanbag Toss

Tossing beanbags towards a target assists in improving hand-eye coordination, balance, and gross motor skills. This can gradually be made more difficult by increasing the distance from the target or making the target smaller.

Personalise your game selection by considering individual needs such as age, skill level, interests or hobbies, physical limitations, and attention span to ensure that these games remain enjoyable and engaging. Aim for a goal that is attainable yet provides enough challenge to encourage gradual improvement. This way, you and your family can set yourselves up for success and continuous growth.

Book an appointment with a Mobile Occupational Therapist

An Occupational Therapist can help create a tailored set of exercises and goals to assist in achieving improved hand-eye coordination. Schedule an initial consult with our Team today on 1300 122 884.

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