Inclusive Resource on Sensorimotor Child Development for Parents and Teachers

Elementary School and Beyond


By first grade, visual perceptual skills are drawn upon throughout the day.

Learning to read, write and work on new math concepts take a heavy toll on the part of the brain that works on these skills.   Giving the child time to “de-stress” with less demanding, fun ways to use visual perceptual skills will help solidify growing ability in this area.

All of the activities listed in younger age groups can continue with added demand.

  • Puzzles and building structures get bigger and more complex.
  • Lego sets along with free form designs
  • Structures with gears and joints
  • Model cars, airplanes, etc.
  • Miscellaneous building kits

Games become more challenging:

  • Chinese Checkers
  • Battleship
  • Chess
  •  Card Games
  • Backgammon
  • Connect Four
  • Abolone
  • Quadrillo
  • Mastermind
  • Travers
  • There are many others- use these as examples.
  • Card games which require recall (e.g. Solitaire)



Increased complexity of designs in crafts and artwork.


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