Continuing our Visual Perception Skills Series the next skill area of visual perception skill development is Visual Sequential Memory or the ability to be able to view and then recall a sequence of numbers, letters or objects in the order they were originally presented. eg: remembering a phone number or a row of colored beads.
Some activities that help develop this skill are:
- copying bead patterns from pattern cards / photographs
- playing ‘copy me’ – one person demonstrates a squence of movements then the others copy (you can include verbal instructions at the same time if you want)
- playing ‘sequence match’ set out three to six cards / objects, allow viewing time and then cover and recreate (you can make it harder by providing ‘spare’ cards / objects)
- copying drawings – draw a sequence of simple shapes in a line, allow viewing time and then ask child to draw the shapes in the same order
- talking about sequences and the daily routine e.g. whilst getting dressed – you need to put on socks before shoes
- ordering number or letter cards into sequence
- playing ‘what happens next?’ completing pictorical action sequences related to everyday situations.