Visual Scanning Activities – Free printables and Ideas

Children need to search and compare what they are looking for as they scan the environment at school, and home.   By practicing visual scanning activities, children may become more efficient and quick at finding the information that is necessary for different tasks.

Visual scanning is basically the ability to find and search for information in your environment. The information could be letters on a page, headlines, people, or objects. Children need to search and compare what they are looking for as they scan the environment at school, and home. By practicing visual scanning activities, children may become more efficient and quick at finding the information that is necessary for different tasks.

An example of visual scanning is looking for someone in a crowd, searching for a matching sock in a pile of laundry, or locating a vocabulary term in a textbook.

Visual Scanning Activities Can Be Fun

Children love novelty and to play games. Working on visual scanning activities can be fun and entertaining! Here are 5 suggestions:

By practicing visual scanning activities, children may become more efficient and quick at finding the information that is necessary for different tasks.
  1. Download a FREE printable at the end of this post to challenge visual scanning skills. The children have to scan and find 10 different objects as quick as possible. This freebie is from Ready, Set, Scan Level 2.
  2. Play “I Spy” with extra clues. Ask the children to scan the room for very specific objects and see who can find it first. This adds in executive functioning skills as well. For example, ask the children to visual scan and find a black object that helps hold paper together. The children can scan the classroom to find and point to the stapler.
  3. Complete letter finds, word finds or hidden pictures puzzles to visually scan and find objects on a page. For younger children, Find and Follow is fun! For older children, check out One of a Kind.
  4. Play Hide and Seek with Toys. One player takes a small toy and hides it in another room where at least part of the toy is showing. The other player(s) then go into the room and see who can visually scan and find the object first. They both have to stand in the same spot in the room.
  5. Have a scavenger hunt in a book. Grab any random book. Call out words that are used often such as the, and, said, who, etc. The child has to find the word you call out in the book as quick as possible.

Download Your Free Visual Scanning Activities Printable

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By practicing visual scanning activities, children may become more efficient and quick at finding the information that is necessary for different tasks.