10 Best Activities for Visual Perception with Cute Bugs

I want to share with you my 10 Favorite Activities for Visual Perception for Early Childhood. 

The theme for today’s playing is BUGS.

First of all, I want to answer the question: What is Visual Perception? And Why it’s so essential for little children? 

Visual Perception Skills

What is Visual Perception

Visual perception is one of the foundations of early childhood development. 

Visual Perception involves the perception of information by activating the optical channel for orientation in reality and obtaining details on surrounding objects and subsequent storage in memory in the form of images. 

For children, it’s an essential and complicated process of brain development. Usually, we don’t pay attention to its ability. And often, we are developing it, without the understanding of the real importance of these processes. But, deficits in visual perception may have academic and functional consequences for children’s future success. 

That is why, we as teachers and parents would like to help children grow and develop!

One type of visual perception skills is visual discrimination. 

Visual Discrimination Skills


What is Visual Discrimination?

Visual Discrimination is an ability to identify similarities and differences of objects, colors, shapes, sizes, forms, materials, and other details. 

The perfect way to practice visual perception and discrimination skills are to play with your kids.

Activities for Visual Discrimination

Visual Discrimination Activities for Early Learners I usually divide into three main categories:

  • Matching games and activities;
  • Searching activities and games;
  • Sorting activities;

Visual Discrimination is the fundamental basis for the development of our logical and imaginative thinking.

To develop children’s visual perception skills, namely Visual Discrimination, I use 10 activities – games:

  1. Find the matching pair – find 2 identical objects or images;
  2. Find for each object a shadow corresponding to it;
  3. Find 2 identical objects among many others;
  4. Find all the same or similar objects;
  5. Find an extra item – different from the others;
  6. Find differences on two similar pictures;
  7. Search for halves – connect two halves of one object;
  8. Put in place the missing fragments;
  9. Find all the items on the list;
  10. Sort by size;

    Next, I will show you some of them.

Matching Activities for Visual Discrimination

Matching Identical Images and Objects

One of the first games we usually play with our little toddlers is Matching pairs. 

We are introducing terms: same, different, identical, similar.

Shadow Matching / Silhouettes Matching games


Teaching your child to pay attention to detail is an important step in developing good visual discrimination skills.


Searching Activities for Visual Discrimination

Play with your child games like “I spy” or go on “Scavenger hunt.” These activities and other searching games helps your child to develop ability to search for a hidden object among lots of visual images.

Activities for Searching Visual Differences


Bugs spot the difference.

The child will view the card using their visual discrimination skills and note the image that doesn’t match the others.

These fun activities provide opportunities for the brain to interpret and process visual information.

Visual Discrimination Activities for Visual Closure


Bugs Matching Puzzles.

The child will view the mat to find all of the matches by carefully deciding which pictures match using their visual discrimination skills.

Sorting Activities for Visual Discrimination

Sorting is an essential skill for early childhood children. We used sorting and classifying objects in all content areas: math, science, and others.

For practice sorting and comparing sizes, try this simple activity. 


Sorting Bugs by Size

Grab “Bugs – Visual Discrimination” pack on my Teachers pay Teachers store – here.

Visit my Library to find out other play-based activities for preschool and kindergarten.

These visual perception activities and games help your child to develop essential visual perceptual skills. If you suspect your child has visual perceptual delays, please seek a professional opinion.

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