This week Positive Eye re-launches its  Everyday Object Picture Cards and Matching Objects. This fun and colourful product includes new objects and photographs which children will love to play and have fun with.

Here Gwyn the director of Positive Eye,  shows how to use the Everyday Object Picture Cards and Matching Objects to support visual skill, early literacy and numeracy development using some of the ideas from the Positive Looking resource

Visual Discrimination and Recognition of Objects –Taken from Positive Looking

 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 object


  • Use Everyday Object Picture Cards and Matching Objects


  • Place one of the objects a favoured one, amongst 2 or 3 other objects and ask child to locate
  • Identify near and distant objects: e.g. place a range of the objects within the child’s near vision range and ask them to point to or name, followed by a request to name or identify one of the objects  at a distance.
  • 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, use the cups, bowls, plates or cutlery for this
  • Group objects that are different but are in the same category, e.g. brushes, cutlery, notebook and pencil
  • 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
  • Make patterns with the objects – hold in place using Gripping Stuff


  • 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 (including discriminating and recognising people) –Taken from Positive Looking


Two children matching objects to picture cards


Goals may include

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


  • Colour photographs, familiar objects and activities, ranging from simple to complex


  • 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, e.g. cups, cutlery, brush
  • Identify a picture of an object based on what the item is used for, e.g. cup, toothbrush
  • Identify a picture that matches an object from a choice of two pictures

Visit the Positive Eye shop to view this and other practical products

Gwyn McCormack
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