OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 4 and up
Visual scanning is so important. It helps with reading, writing, and other classroom activities. However some children's eye muscles do not move as easily or as smoothly as they should. If this is something your child struggles with, you may notice that they rub their eyes frequently throughout the day or complain of headaches. They may have no problems actually seeing, it has more to do with the strength and endurance of the muscles responsible for moving the eyes.
A great way to work on this skill, if this is something your child struggles with, is to create a page much like I just did. The object of this task is for your child to scan the page and locate the numbers and then place the appropriate colored sticker over top. So not only are your child's eye muscles getting a work out, but your child is also working those fine motor manipulation muscles by getting the sticker off the page.