Visual Discrimination: One of the most important skills in early childhood

One of the biggest skills that I believe Pre-K and Kindergarten students can benefit from the most is Visual Discrimination.

Visual discrimination skills enable children to be able to identify color, shape, size, orientation, and position, and are vital in the success of our students.
These skills not only help with reading and writing, but also with social interactions such as reading facial expressions and body language.

Paying attention to detail is an important part of developing good visual discrimination skills.  So I created a few activities to use in my classroom, to work on this.

In this Popsicle Stick Design activity, students will need to pay attention to the color, orientation and position of the popsicle sticks on the cards to be able to recreate the design with real popsicle sticks.
Visual Discrimination, Popsicle Stick Designs

With the Poms & Cups activity, students are looking at picture of a cup filled with different colored poms and having to recreate what they see using the real poms and cups.  I like to also add some tongs or tweezers for the students to use to transfer the poms, so they are also working on those fine motor skills!
Visual Discrimination, Poms & Cups

Visual Discrimination, Poms & Cups

 This next activity might be a good test of patience for little ones! (Hint: Make sure your dice have nice, flat sides for easier stacking!) 
In the Stacking Dice activity, students look at the pattern of dice on the card and then recreate by stacking the real dice. 
Visual Discrimination, Stacking Dice

If stacking the dice proves too difficult, the students can always just lay the dice in a line beside the card. :)
Visual Discrimination, Stacking Dice

Each of these activities is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking on the pictures below.
Visual Discrimination, Popsicle Stick Designs        Visual Discrimination, Poms & Cups

Visual Discrimination, Stacking Dice      Visual Discrimination, Poms on Grids

Visual Discrimination, Grid Patterns

 I also have all of these activities bundled together at a discounted price.
(click on picture)
Visual Discrimination Bundle

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Visual Discrimination Activities: Poms & Cups, Popsicle Stick Designs, Stacking Dice.  Also great to develop fine motor skills!

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