Teaching children about their five senses is a staple in every classroom.
Here are some activities that would surely help your children learn about the sense of sight:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
This book by Bill Martin Jr. is a favorite of most preschoolers. The story features different animals plus the book’s text is very simple and repetitive.
After reading the story for the first time I read it again with the children. This time we pretend that the children are the bears answering teacher’s question “brown bear, brown bear what do you see?”
Children, children what do you see?
Bring the children outside and have a checklist of things that you want your children to see. You may opt to group the children and let them have a copy of the checklist or if they are too young, bring a big copy of the checklist so the children can see the list as you tick them.
Let the children walk around with you and tick if they see some of the objects on the list.
Talk about the things they saw as soon as you get back in the classroom. You can make a chart to list and count how many children were able to see the items on the list.
I Spy Games
Playing indoors is also fun with a game of I Spy.
You can play the game with an I Spy book or make your own version. I Spy games are very simple but also it helps children to really focus (on the task at hand as they look for items), build vocabulary and develop critical thinking (especially when you give descriptions of what you are looking for instead of just giving the name of the items).
You can also add letters and numbers in the things you want children to find and recognize.
Magic Eye Tricks
Children are amazed when they see things for the first time. Let the children see the world differently by providing them with different things like a binoculars, magnifying glass, kaleidoscope, coloured glasses and even an eye patch.
It is easy to produce these items too with DIY.
It’s not a real binoculars but more of a toy/ accessory while looking for things around.
All you need are:
- 2 old tissue core or thin cardboard paper
- crayons and other coloring materials of your choice
You simply need to put two tissue cores together by putting tape on both core top and bottom.
If you do not have tissue core then use thin cardboard paper. Roll them and glue. Make two per child so they can put two rolls together.
Decorate it with crayons or other coloring materials.
Making this is really simple all you need is to pour water in a clear, round, transparent jar. Cover the jar and viola, a magnifying glass.
Make sure that the jar you choose is not too big or too heavy for the children to use. Remind them to use it very carefully as well.
Use the magnifying glass for your exploration time outdoors.
I love making these with the children. It may get a bit frustrating (with the plastic sticking everywhere) but it makes an amazing project.
All you need are:
- mask or sunglass pattern
- Board paper or thin cardboard
- Two colors of cellophane plastic
Now, print the mask or sunglass pattern on a board paper or mount on thin cardboard.
Pre cut mask or sunglass pattern and cut the eye hole part
Cut the cellophane so it is almost the same size as the pattern. Do not make it too small because children tend to crumple it a bit while gluing the plastic. If it is too small there might not be enough to stick on the sides of the hole.
You can stick one color cellophane on both the left and right holes or stick one color different from the other.
I had one colleague who tried using one color on the original glasses then she made extra “glasses” to slide or flip down the original ones – it looks more like the 90’s glasses/ sun glasses design.
Either of which, children love to look around and compare the things they see with and without the glasses.
There are a lot of other things that you can do to help children explore more about their sense of sight.
Do you have your own favorite lesson for this topic? Share it with us!
Special thanks to Faith for the main image.