Visual Discrimination Activities for Children

Visual discrimination skills are the ability to determine differences and similarities between objects to help us to understand and interpret the environment around us. Visual discrimination is especially important when learning reading, writing, and mathematics.  Here is an assortment of visual discrimination activities for children. Visual Discrimination Activities for Children

Visual discrimination skills are the ability to determine differences and similarities between objects to help us to understand and interpret the environment around us. Visual discrimination is especially important when learning reading, writing, and mathematics.  Here is an assortment of visual discrimination activities for children.

Children need adequate visual discrimination skills to function properly in school and at home. If you have concerns about a child’s visual skills, be sure to start out by having the child undergo a thorough vision examination by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist (medical doctor).

Suggested activity ideas:

Here are activity ideas that will help a child to develop visual discrimination skills:
 start with the basics such as sorting for one attribute (i.e. sort cube blocks by color, sort same size
beads by color, sort wooden blocks by size, etc.)
 progress to sorting objects with two attributes (i.e. sort different sized blocks by color, sort pens and
pencils, sort objects by shape and color, etc.)
 finally advance to sorting objects of many different attributes (i.e. classify by size, color, and shape,
determine differences between letters and numbers)
 gather similar objects from around the house such as a yellow crayon, banana, and a black pen. Ask the child
which object does not belong? The answer is the pen since it is not yellow.
 sort objects from around the house (i.e. LEGOs by color, size or type, silverware, playing cards, socks, etc.)
 match up pictures that are the same (i.e. matching games, memory games)
 complete “find the difference” puzzles
 complete puzzles starting with simple one-piece puzzles and progressing to larger puzzles
 using a newspaper or magazine, ask the child to go through an article and only circle certain letters or
words (i.e. “the”)
 match up parquetry blocks to pattern boards
 play dominoes
 sort coins
 play lotto or bingo with picture cards
 complete puzzles on paper that challenge visual discrimination skills

If you need ideas for pencil and paper visual discrimination puzzles, check out the Visual Discrimination Collection.

Do your students struggle with recognizing similarities and differences between shapes, size, colors, objects, and patterns? The visual discrimination collection includes 12 titles to practice visual perceptual skills. 

Visual discrimination skills are the ability to determine differences and similarities between objects to help us to understand and interpret the environment around us. Visual discrimination is especially important when learning reading, writing, and mathematics.  Here is an assortment of visual discrimination activities for children.