The ultimate list of toys to help visual development

Often, parents ask me for ‘optometrist approved’ toys; toys that are fun and have the added bonus of enhancing visual development and stimulating the mind. 

Toys that promote visual learning, strategic thinking skills, visual memory, spatial relations, visual closure, and visualization are always a good idea since they are instrumental in academics, problem-solving, and even sports. The three big categories that I usually promote are toys that work on visual  motor/eye-hand coordination, fine motor control, and visual perception and thinking. Below is a short list of toys that make play time fun as well as visually stimulating:

Eye-hand coordination

Fine motor control

Visual perception and thinking

Legos/Duplos

Magnets

Magformers

K’NEX

Fishin’ Around

Operation

KerPlunk

VEX robotics

Lincoln logs

Kreo sets

Beanbag play

String Beads

Marbles

Lacing cards

Perler beads

Lite-brite magic screen

Sand art

Pegboard and pegs

Dot-to-Dot or paint by number activity books

Model building

Loom

Origami

Silly putty and modeling clay

Pick-up sticks

Kanoodle

Parquetry blocks / Tangrams

Where’s waldo books

Perplexus

Spot it games

Battleship

Labyrinth

SET

Simon / Bop It

Rush Hour

Memory

Blink

Gears!Gears!Gears!

Don’t break the ice

Bowling zombies

Oball

Toss Across

Dr. Tamara Petrosyan

About Dr. Tamara Petrosyan

A 2005 graduate from Ithaca College, Dr. Tamara Petrosyan earned her OD from SUNY Optometry in 2009. She completed her residency in Primary Care, Vision Therapy and Low Vision/Head Trauma Rehabilitation at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Petrosyan is currently Associate Clinical Professor in the Primary Care and Pediatric departments at SUNY Optometry.

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