6 games to promote your child’s perception
The perception and stimulation of all the senses unfortunately suffers in many children due to the often sedentary but media-rich everyday life.
So that your child can consciously perceive its environment – with all senses – it is advisable to promote the visual, auditory and kinesthetic perception from time to time.
With the following games (suitable for ages 4 and up), you and your child will have fun and enjoyment, as a couple or with other friends. The games are easy to implement and will not only have a positive effect on your child’s development, but also on you.
Visual perception (seeing)
This form of perception is probably used most often by our children. Numerous learning processes, such as writing, color and shape recognition, visual memory, delusion of the environment, etc., Are based on seeing.
1. Paint castles in the air
This game supports your child in training their visual memory and thereby promoting the language.
You draw figures (or numbers or letters in older children) with your finger in the air. Your child (and possibly his friends) are trying to guess. When painting, make sure that the children can see it correctly.
In addition, the children could repeat the pictures they want to have recognized on paper or in sand and you can then compare and see who was right.
2. "Polonaise" without physical contact
This game supports your child in fixing a point and tracking it as it moves. This is a prerequisite for being able to use the eye muscles in a targeted and planned manner and thus being able to carry out certain movement activities safely.
You can play this game either alone with your child or together with your child’s friends.
You crisscross the room and your child follows you at a distance of approx. 50 cm. His job is to walk exactly the same path as you.
Variations would be that you play with friends and alternate who goes ahead of you. To make it a little more difficult or fun, the first one can change gait (e.g. crouching, sideways, with arms up, etc.).
Auditory perception (hearing)
This meaning is also of great importance for life and can e.g. be vital in traffic. Auditory perception is particularly important for spatial orientation and language training.
3. Find your way
This game aims to be able to perceive and determine sounds. It thus contributes to orientation in the room.
With your child, you first define the meaning of certain tones:
- short tone – go backwards
- long tone – go forward
- soft tone – go left
- loud sound – go right
Now you blindfold your child and guide them through the room using these tones.
Alternatively, you can play this game again with your child’s friends, e.g. on children’s birthday, or you complicate the whole thing with an obstacle course.
4. Memory with noise
This trains the auditory memory, which is fundamental for language acquisition. With a few pairs of cans, the game is suitable for ages 4 and up.
You prepare various small cans (e.g. film cans) and fill 2 cans each with the same material.
Depending on whether you play it alone with your child or with friends, your child or all children may try to guess the contents of the cans. The cans may be opened to check whether they have guessed correctly.
When it is clear what is in the respective cans, the actual game begins. As with normal memory, your child can "hear" two doses each. It should remember the sounds and the respective place of the cans and try to find pairs. You and the other children do the same. If you have found two cans that sound the same, you can keep them and win whoever has collected the most pairs of cans.
Tactile-kinesthetic perception (touch and sensation)
The skin as the largest sensory organ conveys important information here. Does something feel cold, warm, hard, soft or pleasant? By touching and feeling objects, your child will also experience, understand and feel the world. Movement and physical contact make your child safer and more aware of their own body.
5. Back painting
This game primarily promotes body experience and strengthening body awareness.
Your child sits in front of you with your back to you. Now you can use your finger to draw figures, numbers, letters or shapes on your child’s back. Now it has to guess what you painted. If it was correct, you continue to paint, it was changed incorrectly.
This game can be played with other children very well as a variant of "silent post". Several children sit one behind the other, the child at the back begins to paint something, the next one advises and then paints this on the person in front on the back, etc. The child in front then speaks out loud what has been drawn on his back and compares it to the one behind Child that started. The children usually have a lot of fun with this.
6. Skilful feet
This is about material experience through palpation.
Your child should only pick up various objects with his feet, tear up a sheet, draw or write with his feet and a pen. There are no limits to your imagination. You can also throw things at each other with your feet.
It would also be possible for you to do some kind of competition; who e.g. first to move 5 specific objects with your feet from left to right, won.
And that was it again!
I very much hope that some of the games will appeal to you and that you will try them out with your child. Especially in the game, children learn enormously quickly and can be encouraged to develop them with fun. Especially if you may have noticed that your child is still struggling in any of the areas mentioned or as preparation for school.
Feel free to write me a comment if you already know the games and which one you would like to play with your child soon. I’m looking forward!
You can find more tips to support your child here.
see. also Dietrich Eggert, "Theory and practice of psychomotor support", 1994, Dortmund
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Stefanie Wenzlick is a graduate educator (Univ.), Media educator and herself a mother of 3 children. On her blog, she gives practical tips and suggestions for a relaxed family life, educational tips, creative, shopping tips and episodes from everyday life with 3 children.
After advising and accompanying families and mothers on site for over 10 years, she is now also active online as a mom coach and educational advisor. She supports women in a relaxed and easy way to fulfill their many roles (mother, partner, girlfriend, employee, etc.), not to lose sight of themselves and still build a good relationship with their children.
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