For the first few years. Find out what it is, why it’s important to develop and how it can help your children develop their coordination with simple games and activities.
What is hand-eye coordination?
Hand-eye coordination is the ability to perform movements with your hands while guided by the eyes. A child’s hands and sight work together to perform tasks. Sometimes these tasks need to be performed quickly and accurately, as when catching a ball.
Here are some examples of situations where hand-eye coordination is needed to perform a task: A
- baby grabbing an object.
- Bat the ball in a cricket game
- Tying your shoelaces
- Write a sentence
- Brushing your hair
- Making a cup of tea
Why is hand-eye coordination important?
Hand-eye coordination is an important ability to function in your daily life. A simple task such as brewing a cup of tea would be difficult if you could not aim and pour boiling water. We not only need hand-eye coordination to perform daily tasks, it is also important for playing sports and learning to read and write at school.
Reading and writing require well-developed visual tracking skills. The brain needs to trace the position of the pencil and control the movements of the hand and fingers. When reading, the brain tracks visually as it moves from left to right and to the next line.
How can your child’s coordination improve?
The development of hand-eye coordination is a process that occurs naturally while children play. Learning should always be fun. You can encourage your children by giving them large blocks of time to play freely every day, as well as involve your child in specific games and activities that work this skill.
It is important that these skills develop at a young age, since most of this learning is carried out at the age of 4 years. Therefore, early stimulation is crucial.