2017 Vision-Boosting Toy and Games Christmas Gift List

Central Vision Opticians 2017 Christmas Vision-Boosting Toy and Games List

As specialists in vision, parents often ask us about the things they can do to improve their kid’s vision and visual skills.

Every year we compile our MASSIVE list of the best toys and games to improve physical and visual skills. Check out the links below if there is something specific you’d like to work on with your child or browse the list if you’re just looking for inspiration.  You can buy a gift that will make a positive impact on their development and their eyes. To make it even easier for you we’ve included a link to Amazon where you can buy the perfect toy at the click of a button at your own comfort.

If you’re concerned about your child visual skill or learning, don’t forget our exclusive Reading Edge Assessment where we investigate these difficulties. Find out more here>>

 

Visual tracking and eye movements: These activities are great for training the eyes to move more effectively. This is an essential skill when reading and learning.

Speed stacking cups: 419fA8JPOBL.jpg This fast-moving game has the potential to improve so many physical and visual skills. Many teachers have reported that pupils have shown improvements in maths and science skills after mastering this activity. Check out the YouTube videos of the fastest speed stackers. Hand-eye coordination, bilateral integration, directional movement, rhythm and timing, visual spatial awareness, visual tracking 5+ http://amzn.to/2hwPM7v
Word searches: 51xFqt2W7xL.jpg A simple, easy yet addictive way to improve visual tracking and discrimination skills. Visual tracking, visual discrimination, sequencing, oculomotor skills 7+ http://amzn.to/2hpiRWC
Bean bags 61eWgegSG0L._SL1000_.jpg These can be used for a variety of fun activities including juggling! Excellent for hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. Visual tracking, hand-eye coordination, visual spatial awareness, timing and rhythm 3+ *Ask at Central Vision Opticians for our high quality bean bags available for sale
Dot-to-Dot Activity Books 91Mg0WQWPUL._SL1500_-2.jpg A fun and fantastic activity that helps your child’s concentration and hand-eye coordination. This Really Big Dot to Dot Book has over 300 pages and will provide hours of enjoyment! Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, oculomotor pre-planning, peripheral awareness 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgKi4R
Table Tennis https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZUbjrnQPL._SL1425_.jpg This fast-moving, small ball in table tennis is the perfect target to stimulate good eye movements Visual tracking, timing and rhythm, visual spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skills 5+ http://amzn.to/2hmQLdw

Physical skill and gross motor development: A strong and stable core and foundation for the body is essential for all activities including visual skills. These toys improve balance and coordination, proprioception and vestibular function; without these skills the brain can often struggle to take in information.

Hopper Ball: 71DnOqc5WFL._SL1321_.jpg This classic 70s toy helps to improve balance and proprioception which both have an effect on visual skills. Be prepared for a few falls as you learn but perseverance is the key to learn any skill. Core foundation, balance, proprioception, vestibular function, gross motor skills 3+ http://amzn.to/2hokELt
Jump Ropes: 51Sr8thWeiL.jpg Skipping is an age-old game, but it has a fantastic effect on physical skills. All of which help to keep your eyes stable when you’re using your vision. Core foundation, balance, proprioception, vestibular function, gross motor skills, timing, rhythm 5+ http://amzn.to/2hodNSi
Sit and Spin 71oEZc4YMAL._SL1500_.jpg For that active child who loves movement and motion, this toy especially encourages most physical and developmental skills. Core foundation, balance, proprioception, vestibular function, gross motor skills 1.5 http://amzn.to/2hogh33
Bungee bouncer: Jumping and bouncing helps to build those legs muscles and their balance and proprioception. It also burns off some of that sensory and physical energy Core foundation, balance, proprioception, vestibular function, gross motor skills 5+ http://amzn.to/2hpaR7Q
Slip ’n Slide: 61hLB0i7N2L.jpg This is one for the summer weather. Super charge your physical skills as you race your partner on the slide. Core foundation, balance, proprioception, vestibular function, sensory integration 4+ http://amzn.to/2h7otU8
Trampoline https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91j0opU2UXL._SL1500_.jpg Everyone can get physical and enjoy jumping while improving their physical skills Core foundation, balance, proprioception, vestibular function, sensory integration 5+ http://amzn.to/2hmSUpH

Fine Motor skills and finger control: These games and toys all help to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This is a crucial skill when learning and applying practical action.

Hama Beads 51VnVsa13PL.jpg Let their imagination soar with this Giant Gift Box, complete with lots of different colours and designs to try! Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual pre-planning, sequencing, patterns, shapes, colours 5+ http://amzn.to/2hwM8dZ
Play dough: 61t7muhIJFL.jpg This classic modelling dough teaches so many skills Its even better when the adults join in to make something too Fine motor skills, creativity, imagination, visual patterns 3+ http://amzn.to/2hpelHp
Kerplunk: 61Tskl+xj1L._SL1024_.jpg Are your fingers nimble enough to gently remove the straw without dropping a marble, are your visual and pre-planning skills good enough to find the right straw. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual pre-planning, sequencing 5+ http://amzn.to/2hwR6at
Jenga 619uO5ELOVL._SL1000_.jpg Thrill them with the original wooden block stacking game of skill, nerves and extremely steady hands. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual pre-planning, sequencing 6+ http://amzn.to/2hwRaXD
Tumbling monkeys: 71o2ozYFzgL._SL1000_.jpg Similar to Kerplunk, This fun game is challenging and something all the family can enjoy. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual pre-planning, sequencing 4+ http://amzn.to/2hwRx4B
Honey bee game 71S0xzxICJL._SL1278_.jpg Similar to kerplunk but targeted to the younger ones, Honey Bee tests skills of fine motor and finger/hand control as well as visual awareness. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual pre-planning, sequencing 3+ http://amzn.to/2hwVMgt
Lite Brite 811EHeQxFqL._SL1500_.jpg A 
modern update of the classic peg board. Fun, digital look with brighter images and blinking effects, which give your child visual feedback in developing sensory processing skills. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual spatial awareness 4+ http://amzn.to/2hgIgBx
Pegboard and Pegs 419ibvHBEuL.jpg A lovely visual motor activity, this classic pegboard requires your child to focus carefully to get the various bright pieces into the holes. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, patterns, symmetry 5+ http://amzn.to/2gTObeI
Bead Stringing 61Oq6XMiEIL.jpg Bead stringing is a great creative activity for your child. They could be engrossed for hours, producing all sorts of masterpieces! This fantastic set includes wooden letter beads and colourful shaped beads, laces and clasps. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination 4+ http://amzn.to/2hgNsW8
Lacing/Sewing Cards C:\Practice\hungry caterpillar lacing.jpg Engaging in a sewing craft is wonderful for improving your child’s hand/eye coordination and is a valuable skill to have for life! the fabric. Your child is sure to love this creative kit, where working on the various sewing crafts will provide hours of satisfaction. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgL7KZ
Cross stitch: 910RUKgGHlL._SL1500_.jpg A simple and fun yet effective way building fine motor skills. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination, sequencing 8+ http://amzn.to/2he9UOZ

Rhythm and timing: Understanding time, rhythm and the essence of speed is an important skill. We all have a natural rhythm when we read or move, children who have a difficulty with rhythm and timing can sometimes struggle to read, learn and organise themselves effectively.

Visual timing devices (eg digital clock/stop watch) 612pXJj8qWL._SL1500_.jpg This clever clock projects the time onto any wall or ceiling so your child can check the time, anytime with minimal fuss. Understanding of time, speed work 3+ http://amzn.to/2hpePgT
Timeshock This classic game will pit your visual skills against the clock. Perfect for developing these core abilities including speed Timing, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination, visual memory 6+ http://amzn.to/2hpj2kF
Sand Timers This is the perfect visual way to display a countdown. Your child can literally see the time slipping away. The set we’ve chosen is the best I’ve found for quality and price. I still have a set at home, after 5 years I’m still using it as a timer and incentive for the kids. Understanding of time, speed work 3+ http://amzn.to/2hqqfkf
Perfection 91e83HWtkUL._SL1500_.jpg Thrilling and fast paced, Perfection requires players to fit all 9 fun shapes in their matching holes before the timer goes off Visual discrimination, motor skills, visual tracking, timing 6+ http://amzn.to/2h4MjjE

Construction Toys: These toys and games provide lots of stimulation for fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and visual spatial awareness. Skills that are extremely important for learning, science, maths, art, imagination, creativity and intelligence.

Combfigure 61Tw42v4SjL._SL1024_.jpg This toy will help boost your child’s developmental skills. It is a set of 13 colourful shapes and 4 colours, which can be easily connected to make fun figures. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, cognitive skills, critical thinking and problem solving 3+ http://www.minimetoys.co.uk/
Building Blocks 51lu7bIPGjL.jpg An essential part of any playroom, these colourful building blocks provide an imaginative and engaging constructing process. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, imagination, creativity 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgE8Sf
Wooden blocks: 917uFwscPqL._SL1500_.jpg This has always been a classic traditional toy Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, imagination, creativity 3+ http://amzn.to/2hpb5Me
Frontier Logs 91wg26fJLHL._SL1500_.jpg This timeless set will keep your child happy and occupied for hours as they discover how to organise logs to create straightforward or complex structures.. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, imagination, creativity 4+ http://amzn.to/2hgEmJ5
Tinker Toy 91umf7+nBJL._SL1500_.jpg Seven exciting model building ideas are included in this classic set, making it perfect for your little builder to follow and copy. Or watch them use their imagination to tinker around and learn how things fit!. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgOkde
Erector Set 711-fDKt4iL._SL1001_.jpg Your child will have the utmost enjoyment creating their very own model from scratch using a screw-driver, spanner and metal pieces.. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, cognitive skills http://amzn.to/2hgJiO9
Meccano 91kX0UulDML._SL1500_.jpg With this set, your child can learn to be a real engineer. Each project is an enjoyable challenge Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, cognitive skills, maths 8+ http://amzn.to/2gTHARN
Mega Blocks https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81oSB%2Bo7OzL._SL1500_.jpg The classic primary coloured blocks are made big, with little hands in mind. n. Tall towers, fantastic fortresses and magnificent buildings await. fine motor skills, visual spatial awareness, imagination, creativity and form perception 1-5 yrs http://amzn.to/2hh5pDO
Duplo: 91HSzKeOAML._SL1500_.jpg The classic version of the lego bricks but designed for smaller fingers and hands, ideal for kids from 1.5 years to 5. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, visual spatial thinking 1.5-5 http://amzn.to/2hebtMT
Lego 711bmxlXu6L._SL1300_.jpg 51xy6v32ppL.jpg The ultimate toy and brand that is growing from strength to strength. Lego has something for all ages. As a progressive company they’ve now introduced tech, programming and coding into their products as well as themes and designs to attract all ages and interests. This is a timeless classic Hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, visual spatial awareness, visual discrimination, sequencing, pre-planning, technology 3+ http://amzn.to/2hpe2fJ
Code a pillar 91N4BYYmGYL._SL1500_.jpg Code-a-pillar is a great inventive motorised toy, allowing your child to connect and disconnect the simple attaching segments in loads of different ways! Each time, upon completion Code-a-pillar will be sent in a different direction, complete with cool sounds and lights. Motor skills

visual problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking, technology

3+ http://amzn.to/2gTH2va

Lots of great toys and games that improve lots of visual skills including visual memory, visual discrimination, visual spatial awareness, visual thinking, creativity and imagination.

Dobble This fast-paced game helps to hone in on several visual skills. Easy to carry, simpe to play yet fiendishly addictive and great fun for all ages Visual tracking, visual discrimination and visual memory 6+ http://amzn.to/2kmEHfT
Mover Kit Kids are raised digital screens, but this can hinder their movements and understanding of the physical world. This cool toy helps to combine digital and real-world movement with coding and technology Physical movement, gorss motor skills, visual spatial awareness, coding skills 8+ http://amzn.to/2BI6hIQ
PLYT Teach your child maths skills without them knowing as they play Maths, visualisation, reasoning, logic 4+ http://amzn.to/2kmgnL0
Colouring Book A1J5u3ks3lL._SL1500_.jpg More than just a relaxing activity, colouring aids your child in developing good finger grip. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visualisation, visual spatial awareness 3+ http://amzn.to/2gTOmH2
Finger Paints 71+c9acJbgL._SL1200_.jpg Finger paints boost initial childhood development by enabling children to discover artistic techniques, tools, and materials through sensory play. Sensory and tactile feedback, hand-eye coordination 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgFoVl
Paint or Color By Numbers 815O6MODa0L._SL1500_.jpg Painting by numbers teaches your child important critical thinking skills and will enable your child to construct beautiful scenes by following the simple number guides. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination, sequencing, visualisation 3 http://amzn.to/2hgQxVZ
Sand Art 61gGVn7gyXL.jpg Sand art is an important sensory activity, aiding your child’s eye-hand coordination and fine-motor skills such as pincer grip. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination, sensory and tactile feedback 3+ http://amzn.to/2gTNFgZ
Stencils 919fRhPdlQL._SL1500_.jpg Stencils are great to get the kids started with drawing. fine motor skills, visual spatial awareness and writing skills 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgSpyf
Bead Craft Kits 91y+o0hoMNL._SL1500_.jpg This set includes lots of charms and beads to thread together to make necklaces or bracelets. Whilst your little fairy is having fun, she is also exercising important physical skill. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination 4+ http://amzn.to/2gTTQll
Models (car, airplane, ships, etc.) 61q-jcKTe1L.jpg A great gift for a little painter and builder who will now get a chance to build and paint their very own wooden sports car! Painting is a medium for children to achieve many important skills. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, cognitive skills, critical thinking, problem solving, sensory feedback 6+ http://amzn.to/2hgUoTd
Jacks 51w5HeObZDL.jpg A timeless game of skill and co-ordination which your child is sure to love. Dexterity, speed and timing is needed in order to balance different numbers of the Jacks. Hand-eye coordination, timing and rhythm, motor skills 4+ http://amzn.to/2hgR6iF
Jumpin’ Monkeys 41teyhh4brL.jpg A fun game for 2-3 players where a stable hand is required! Simply put your monkey on the shooter and fire your monkey into the tree! Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, visual feedback 3+ http://amzn.to/2gTSRBB
Flippin’ Frogs 712E9tVEfJL._SL1500_.jpg It’s flippin brilliant! Your child is sure to love pinging the brightly coloured plastic frogs in the bucket or they can even make up their own game for the sheer fun of it. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, visual feedback 3+ http://amzn.to/2gTYkbq
Ants in the Pants 71Op5afBLGL._SL1231_.jpg A fun colour matching and counting game for young children, with an added giggle factor! visual memory, visual discrimination, hand-eye co-ordination 3-7 http://amzn.to/2hgRDRP
Don’t Break the Ice 412FfI6HBxL.jpg Let them become part of Frozen’s world with this cool Disney edition of a classic strategic game. Players must take turns tapping out ice blocks with the toy mallet to keep Anna and Olaf skating!. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, visual feedback 3+ http://amzn.to/2hgWIJV
Marbles 91Lu7skr+XL._SL1500_.jpg These are a classic hands on playground toy with so many different ways to play Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, visual feedback 3+ http://amzn.to/2gU3q7E
Oball 91dJVrO5J-L._SL1500_.jpg Does your child display difficulty with catching? Encourage their tactile development with ‘Oball’, Oball is incredibly easy for your child to grasp the rattles with colourful beads add an extra element of fun! Catching, hand-eye coordination, visual spatial awareness, timing Any age!, Even babies http://amzn.to/2hgSnGp
Tic-tac-toe 71YZ6dnAdsL._SL1500_.jpg Treat your child to an amazing upgrade of a well loved game (also known as noughts and crosses). Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, visualisation, visual spatial awareness, cognitive skills, problem solving 5+ http://amzn.to/2gU5mgq
Nerf Basketball 81sNrAFQAKL._SL1500_.jpg A great gift for any aspiring basketball player, this Nerf N-Sports Nerfoop Basketball Set is colourful and compact and can be hung from any door in your house! Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, visual spatial awareness 8+ http://amzn.to/2gU8GYW
Dart Games (velcro) 71MoYiEl7ML._SL1000_.jpg Who will hit the bullseye first? The classic game of skill is now child friendly, made from plastic, fabric and velcro.. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, visual spatial awareness 12Months+ http://amzn.to/2hgOzFg
Cuponk 91mfLmm8P+L._SL1500_.jpg Shoot it, sink it, win it! This electronic ball toss game will put your child to the test as they try to sink a shot from all kinds of different positions. For extra excitement, once they sink a shot, the cup lights up and makes sounds. Hand eye coordination, visual spatial awareness, timing, visual feedback 9+ http://amzn.to/2gU94q9
Make N Break Game 61kFRqQVzdL._SL1000_.jpg This engaging family friendly game involves a fun fuelled race against the clock to build colourful wooden block structures and score the most points. Hand eye coordination, visual spatial awareness, timing, visual feedback, balance, timing 8 http://amzn.to/2hgZbnE
Checkers 61XqHtquoIL._SL1050_.jpg Who will conquer the board? Thrill them with this high quality traditional game of checkers with wooden board and pieces. strategy skills hand-eye coordination, pattern recognition, sequencing, eye tracking skills. 5 http://amzn.to/2gUhHBj
Perplexus 91RoTZLaqsL._SL1500_.jpg Perplex them and stretch their visual growth with this great game, which requires brain power. They will be occupied for hours planning an escape route out of the Perplexus, which consists of 22 feet of tricky twists, turns and obstacles! Hand eye coordination, visual spatial awareness, timing, visual feedback, balance, timing 8 http://amzn.to/2hmJrzv
Qwirkle 71J4WOU+C3L._SL1146_.jpg A colour matching game with an exciting twist, Qwirkle requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy to achieve the most points. visual memory, form perception, pattern recognition 6+ http://amzn.to/2h4Dje5
Battleship 51dpHnvLPmL.jpg A realistically crafted, classic naval combat game your child is sure to enjoy. Let their imagination carry them away on the high seas, and to strike down enemy ships with precision. visual thinking,visual spatial awareness and memory 5+ http://amzn.to/2hmChLB
Labyrinth 91B41CTgBRL._SL1500_.jpg A magical game that your child and indeed the whole family are bound to enjoy! Labyrinth is an exciting sprint for treasures in a moving maze. Visual memory, perception, sequencing, strategy 7+ http://amzn.to/2hmLRhJ
Blokus 51U2Tp9C1PL.jpg Easy to learn, but with an added layer of depth, Blokus will challenge and engage your child. Pattern recognition, visual thinking, visual discrimination, planning, sequencing 7+ http://amzn.to/2hmFScG
Rush Hour/Rush Hour Jr. 61LMrLpLjbL.jpg A jam packed game. A path must be cleared for the ice cream truck to escape from the traffic without getting stuck in a jam! If that occurs, there are challenge cards to follow with different levels of difficulty.. Visual spatial awareness, visual thinking, problem-solving 6+ http://amzn.to/2hmBiuL
Tactilo 71zv7DPnCkL._SL1233_.jpg A tactile fun filled game, Tactilo’s spinning wheel has a range of textures, which have to match up to a texture on an animal card in the bag. When it is empty, the players with the most animal cards wins the game. Visual memory, visual and sensory discrimination, tactile stimulation 3+ http://amzn.to/2h4EH0k
Bingo 61UZTTSK1NL.jpg This classic game, suitable for all the family effectively teaches children lots of different number and processing skills Visual memory, auditory memory, number association, sequencing 6+ http://amzn.to/2h4GFhq
Memory Games 51BPlh6Ii1L.jpg Encourage your child’s visual memory with this fantastic colourful wooden travel memory game. Select from among fourteen fun themes, slip a card into the gameboard and start searching for matches. Visual memory, visual spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, pattern recognition, sequencing 3+ http://amzn.to/2hehHdD
Simon Flash 81rt0yGMSUL._SL1500_.jpg Can they conquer the colours? Simon Flash is a fast and frenzied combination of the popular game of the 80’s, Simon, with the magic and intuitive play of Flash. Visual memory, visual spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, pattern recognition, sequencing, timing 8+ http://amzn.to/2hekRxJ
Blink 91Tobt3zH8L._SL1500_.jpg Blink and you’ll miss it! Make sure they get their adrenaline rush through this super speedy game where two players battle to be the first to play all of their cards.. Visual memory, visual spatial awareness, visual discrimination, timing 7+ http://amzn.to/2hemZpo
Set 71oTN3-ZQAL._SL1000_.jpg Get ready, get SET for this incredible matching game. SET has won over 35 best game awards including MENSA Select. The rules are simple, race to find as many SETs as fast as you can before anyone else does Visual memory, visual spatial awareness, visual discrimination, logical and spatial reasoning, visual perception, timing 6-12 http://amzn.to/2h4W699
Loopz 51oEsk6NEaL.jpg Endless fun will be had with the new Loopz Shifter, an exciting skill and action game of music, memory and motion. Visual memory, visual spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination 3+ http://amzn.to/2h4NIGI
Sort it Out 71SNVf7PUZL._SL1142_.jpg A battle of brainpower, Sort it Out requires players to work altogether and use visual discrimination to put things in order. Featuring a massive selection of fun and interesting topics, this game is sure to keep your family occupied for hours on end! Suitable for ages 12 years and up. Visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, general knowledge, sequencing and visual thinking 12+ http://amzn.to/2hoke7G
Mancala: 41FFctsU+-L.jpg This is an ancient and classic game of thinking ahead, strategy and counting, not to mention fine motor skills as you move your stones. Visual memory, visual spatial awareness, visual discrimination, logical and visual perception 7+ http://amzn.to/2ho9N46
Q-bitz: 71fYDj90H5L._SL1080_.jpg This game exercises your vision and brain Visual processing, visual analysis, visual spatial awareness 8+ http://amzn.to/2hohYgJ
Osmo Finally a way to bring real life into a tablet. These devices are a major cause of under-developed motor and eye-hand skills because of the artificial feedback. Osmo allows physical games and activities to be linked and integrated with the screen. visual spatial skills, hand-eye coordination, visual feedback, visual attention, integrating tablets with physical toys 6+ http://amzn.to/2f8ZwDl
Dominoes: 51CutMp6lpL.jpg This classic game encourages visual analysis and thinking. The dots help kids to understand the link between numbers and counting. And it’s fun for any age. Visual discrimination, visual matching and memory, sequencing and strategy 3+ http://amzn.to/2h99rNS
Where’s Wally? Books: 61OXmeFc2BL.jpg Can you find him? Pit your visual discrimination and visual tracking skills against the bespectacled red-striped hero of this classic series. Practise will improve visual skills Visual tracking, visual discrimination, sequencing, oculomotor skills 4+ http://amzn.to/2hphGGt
Ring toss: 81ncoKAwwjL._SL1500_.jpg A great traditional game that anyone can play. This thinking process and visual feedback helps to drive learning and development Visual tracking, visual discrimination, sequencing, oculomotor skills, visual feedback 3+ http://amzn.to/2hpcEcW
Twister 91QpGqjjGAL._SL1500_.jpg This is the classic game with a twist!. Challenges your child’s body control by to getting them to put their hands and feet at different places on the mat without falling over! Gross motor skills, body and limb awareness, right-left integration 6+ http://amzn.to/2hwPUE7
Elefun: 51Gbnkq8+pL.jpg Running around, jumping up and down and hand eye-coordination to catch the flying butterflies make this game fun, fast paced and great for the little ones to improve many visual skills. Gross motor skills, hand-eye and body-eye coordination, catching skills 3+ http://amzn.to/2hwKn03
Pictionary 71lWfwMxxVL._SL1500_.jpg This easy to play game is not only fun for every member of the family but you’re developing learning, visual and thinking skills at the same time. Check out my article about how to improve visual skills with Pictionary here: Hand-eye control, oculomotor skills, visual thinking, creativity, thinking skills, visual language skills 6+ http://amzn.to/2hwMbq9
Chalkboard. 51dV7UZpBzL.jpg Traditional drawing and writing board yet kids still love to play with chalks on the board.. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor control, tactile feedback, sensory stimulation 4+ http://amzn.to/2hpl5VZ
Operation 71Qp4tB5cBL._SL1000_.jpg This modern twist on the classic gory game comes complete with silly sound effects that children will love!. Surgical scrubs optional. Suitable for ages 6 – 18. Fine motor control, hand-eye coordination 6+ http://amzn.to/2hwRnu4
Bop it: 81xJjTbM6kL._SL1500_.jpg The fast moving game of memory, processing, coordination and action. Watch how quickly the kids pick up these skills and learn from this modern electronic challenge Memory, visual and auditory processing, visually directed action, hand and arm control 8+ http://amzn.to/2hwKGYO
Model Puzzles and Kits: 71wHM9spoyL._SL1080_.jpg All model kits are a fantastic way to improve hand/eye, fine motor and visual pre-planning and discrimination skills. I’ve chosen Star Wars kits because most kids love them and will be proud of their creations Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual pre-planning, sequencing 8+ http://amzn.to/2hpskgg
Parquetry blocks: 81DU3irMe9L._SL1500_.jpg *Central Vision Opticians stock this in our branch in Finchley Visual discrimination, visual memory, sequencing, visual spatial awareness, visual image manipulation 3+
Rorys story cubes: 71KWd+wMNvL._SL1000_.jpg This is one of the best toys for learning visual and language skills. It also teaches imagination, creativity and story building. I still take a set with me on holiday, the kids put away their devices and use their minds instead! Even the adults enjoy the challenge. Visual learning, visual thinking and language, imagination, creativity 3+
Tangrams: 51L5sjoo3ML.jpg This is an ancient yet fiendishly fun way to develop your visual skills. Using the 7 shapes provided, you can make hundreds of different pictures and try can create the one provided. If you want to have a few designs to practise with, send us an email [email protected] Hand-eye coordination, visual thinking, image manipulation, visual spatial awareness, visual discrimination 5+ http://amzn.to/2hqsKTF
Jigsaw Puzzles: 81JnTp-mfCL._SL1420_.jpg The classic puzzle still keeps children and adults entertained while developing their visual skills. Hand-eye coordination, visual thinking, image manipulation, visual spatial awareness, visual discrimination 4+ http://amzn.to/2hn9TpT
Guess Who? 71ovtZH7vlL._SL1000_.jpg This classic game promotes observation and listening as well as advancing visual and processing skills Visual discrimination, sorting and comparing, visual deduction and reasoning, language skills 6+ http://amzn.to/2hngmkB
Charades: 51T5566XKJL.jpg You can play this family game almost anywhere and help improve skills. It’s fun for everyone. Visually directed movements, non-verbal communication, visualisation, visual thinking 5+ http://amzn.to/2hec3Kq
Connect 4: 914yOygflNL._SL1500_.jpg This classic game will have you planning visual thinking, sequencing and strategy while using your fine motor skills. Visual thinking, strategy, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, pre-planning 6+ http://amzn.to/2he3i2X
Connect 4 Launchers https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91fpd3Bb45L._SL1500_.jpg A modern twist to the classic game requiring fine motor and hand-eye coordination. Visual thinking, strategy, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, pre-planning, visual feedback 5+ http://amzn.to/2hnhnZR
Don’t say it: 71PD9LhPqvL._SL1024_.jpg Improve visual-language, visualisation and visual thinking skills with this great game. Visual-language skills, visual thinking, memory 4+ http://amzn.to/2hncjod
Nano challenge: 81wtkKOH4DL._SL1500_.jpg This is the modern hand-held twist to the classic Simon Says. Improve your visual memory and sequencing skills to try and beat your friends. Visual memory, sequencing, visual processing 8+ http://amzn.to/2hnghgK
Playing cards: 81bUVhP6-RL._SL1500_.jpg Don’t forget one of the easiest and most flexible ways to play countless games, activities and puzzles. Visual memory, visual thinking, strategy, pre-planning, sequencing 4+ http://amzn.to/2heepsw
Attribute blocks: 81TjOvlvTFL._SL1500_.jpg Want to teach visual identification and visual discrimination of shapes and sorting? This toy is great for learning lots of visual skills Visual discrimination and identification of shapes and colours, sorting 5+ http://amzn.to/2hnfxIo
Bingo: 61UZTTSK1NL.jpg The classic game of number matching is something the whole family can enjoy! Visual memory, discrimination, number lines, sequencing 5+ http://amzn.to/2heetJ7
Continuo This classic 80’s game will get your family engaged in using their brains Matching and discrimination, planning and strategy, visual-spatial awareness 5+ http://amzn.to/2yn4WEn

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  • Miriam Aquilina says:

    A very comprehensive list. I’ve got one you may wish to add – it’s also from the 80s! And it’s still fun to play – 5+. It’s called ‘Continuo’. It won a prize back in the day! It’s available from Amazon too.

    • Bhavin Shah says:

      Thank you for this tip. It looks like a great game. I will add it to the list! Its great for discrimination, planning and visual-spatial thinking.

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