As your baby gets older there are a lot of different things they have to develop. Your baby has to learn how to sit, crawl, walk, talk, and so much more. As your baby becomes a toddler there are a lot more things for your little one to learn in a short period of time.
One of the most difficult things to develop though is toddler hand eye coordination. Toddlers tend to learn about imaginative play on their own and they learn about household chores by watching you around the house. Toddler hand eye coordination is like teaching your child to count or her ABCs, you have to work on it and it takes time.
Why is toddler hand eye coordination important?
Hand eye coordination is important for many different life skills. Hand eye coordination is important in many sports skills, such as catching a ball and hitting a baseball with a bat. It is also important when your child is learning to read and write. Your toddler will also need to develop her hand eye coordination to help her stack blocks and legos. Adults even use hand eye coordination to tie shoelaces and frost cakes and cookies, so you can see that hand eye coordination is vital not only for kids, but for adults as well.
How can I work on toddler hand eye coordination?
There are many ways you can help your toddler develop her hand eye coordination, some of the easiest ways are through play because that is how toddlers learn best.
- Rolling a ball. Helping your little one roll a ball is a great way to work on toddler hand eye coordination. This is a fun game for toddlers and great for younger kids. This is also a great game to start out with when working on toddler hand eye coordination.
- Passing and gentle tossing. Using a ball or object that requires your toddler to use both hands, have her pass it to you, then you pass it back. Once your toddler is a little older, you can do some gentle tossing and try to help your toddler catch the ball. This takes a lot of effort for your toddler because it is involving both of her hands.
- Hitting a ball. Once your child is a little older you can help her hit a ball. There are great tee ball sets for toddlers that hold the ball in a steady spot to help your little one hit the ball with more accuracy. This game will be more advanced and will work best for kids over 3.
- Basketball. Having your child throw a ball through a hoop is a great way to help your child develop her hand eye coordination. You can start with large hoops, such as a hula hoop hooked to a wall, and work through smaller and smaller targets.
- Putting toys in bags. This is a great way to work on toddler hand eye coordination, and also teach your child to pick up her toys. Kids naturally love putting things in, and taking them out, of bags or baskets.
- Put Cheerios in bowls. This is a way to take basketball to an even smaller scale, and helps with your child’s ability to pick up small objects. Start with having your child put Cheerios in a bowl or baggie and as she gets better at that, you can use something with a smaller hole, such as a cup. This is great because your little one learns how to pick up small items, but if she puts them in her mouth it is not a big deal.
- Get a sandbox. Sandboxes are messy, but they can help your child learn hand eye coordination. If you get buckets and shovels your little one can learn how to shovel the sand and put it in the bucket. This will also help her learn that she has to keep the shovel faced the right direction to keep the sand on it, in turn potentially helping her learn how to use a spoon.
Like I mentioned before, helping your toddler develop her hand eye coordination can take some time and work, but it is well worth it. One of the best things you can do for your baby and your toddler is to help her learn and develop, and the best way to do this is by playing with her.
How have you helped your toddler develop hand eye coordination?