Here I share how to use Everyday Object Picture Cards and Matching Objects to support visual skill, early literacy and numeracy development using a sample of ideas from our flagship product Positive Looking

Visual Discrimination and Recognition of Objects (source – Positive Looking 1)

 Goals may include

  • To recognise and discriminate objects from an outline shape (near to and in the distance)
  • To recognise familiar objects, recognise different or similar objects

Materials

  • Wide range of familiar objects in different sizes, e.g. toys, 3D shapes, objects used in the home, school, play, outside environment.

Ideas

  • Place a favoured object amongst 2 or 3 other objects and ask child to locate
  • Identify near and distant objects: e.g. place a range of objects within their near vision range and ask them to point to or name, followed by a request to name or identify an object at a distance or from a picture
  • Present one familiar object within the child’s near vision range for looking at without touching, ask child to name
  • Increase and present two or more objects for the child to pick out the one that you name
  • Copy a sequence of three objects to a set of objects set out in a specific order
  • Group objects that are different but are in the same category, e.g. small range of fruit, clothing, cleaning materials
  • Sort and match objects by shape, size, texture
  • Match common objects that go together
  • Match identical objects
  • Match word label to object, match initial letter sound to object
  • Count the objects
  • Order by size – smallest to largest, shortest to tallest
  • Name the objects, make a sentence up about the object

Visual Discrimination of Images and Pictures (source Positive Looking 1)

 Goals may include

  • To recognise and discriminate image/object from an outline shape
  • To recognise and discriminate detail from within photographs of people and objects

Materials

Ideas

  • Identify and match pictures of objects that belong together, either by what they look like or what their function is
  • Sort pictures of objects by category
  • Match objects to pictures of the objects
  • Scan three photographs from left to right to find a named object
  • Identify a picture of an object based on what the item is used for, e.g.cup, toothbrus
  • Identify a picture that matches an object from a choice of two pictures

Have you read our blog about emergent literacy

Part one

Part two

 

Gwyn McCormack
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