Other Ways to Practice Visual Discrimination
In addition to worksheets, children should have visual discrimination practice through games, activities and interactions with teachers and other preschoolers. There are several ways to include these activities in your classroom and make them fun and challenging for children.
What's Missing?: Have children each choose one item in the classroom to bring to circle time with them. This item can be a stuffed animal, a building block, a piece of construction paper or anything the child chooses. Place all of the items in the center of the circle and allow children to study them. Ask children to close their eyes while you remove one of the objects. Have children open their eyes and see if they can spot what is missing.
What's Different?: You can play this game each morning with your preschool class. Before children arrive for the day, change one thing in your classroom. Be sure it is something the children will be able to spot relatively quickly, such as turning a picture on the wall upside down or removing a beloved stuffed animal or beanbag chair. At your morning circle time, discuss with the children what is different about the classroom.
Sock Match: Fill a plastic laundry basket with several different pairs of socks. Try to include crazy patterned socks, brightly colored socks as well as at least one white pair of socks. Separate the socks and mix them up in the laundry basket. Allow children to "fold the laundry" and match up the sock pairs.
Visual discrimination is a very important skill for preschoolers to learn in order to become successful readers. In addition to using some of these free printable worksheets for visual discrimination for preschoolers, try to play games and engage children in these learning activities daily.