22 Sep

This post is dedicated to a toy that just doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Kaleidoscopes are excellent for visual-motor development and play. By presenting a kaleidoscope to a child, you can determine:

1. Child’s dominant eye

2. Is the child able to isolate one eye and look through the kaleidoscope by closing the opposite eye,

3. Does the child know where one of his eyes is located or does he put the kaleidoscope in the middle of his forehead?

4. Is the child able to stabilize the kaleidoscope with one hand, while turning the end to change the picture with the other hand?

5. Can the child switch eyes on command or does it take him awhile to find the opposite eye, close the correct eye, and switch hands?

Then during treatment, you can use the kaleidoscope to improve visual motor development in addition to:

1. Vestibular system- Look through the kaleidoscope while swinging

2. Left-right discrimination-  Follow commands to look through the kaleidoscope using the eye requested

3. To increase balance – look through the kaleidoscope while standing on on foot, kneeling, half-kneeling, etc.

4. Eye-hand coordination – isolating each eye and changing the picture by rotating the kaleidoscope

Have you ever use a kaleidoscope? What other activities can you do with a kaleidoscope?

Images courtesy of google.

Be blessed!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

sentiMENTAL paRANTing

Serious thoughts and silly shenanigans

The OT-SI Project

Occupational Therapy Advocate & Admirer of Sensory Integration. Working and living to support people in living happy and healthy lives.

To Be Aware

It's all about disbelieving your thoughts

Texana's Kitchen

Yummy food. Pithy commentary. Pretty pictures.

Aspiring OT

Life, learning, and everything in between


Books, Occupation - Magic!

Signature Moms

The signature resource for families.

Sugar & Cloth

DIY Inspired Living

Awesomely Awake

A field guide to living an intentional, creative and fun life -- with children.


Give Our Kids the Freedom We Had

Plenty the Magazine

Living. Learning. Laughing

Studio Mothers: Life & Art

Meet your creative goals


Custom Sensory Solutions for Kids

Charl1010's Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

Morning Story and Dilbert

Inspiring, Encouraging, Healthy / Why waste the best stories of the World, pour a cup of your favorite beverage and let your worries drift away…

Shoes On The Wrong Feet

There's a fire over here, everyone panic! And other ramblings...

Little Hands Love Big

Impacting Little Hands Who Love BIG!

%d bloggers like this: