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Teaching Kids in Preschool About the Sense of Sight

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Lesson Ideas for Teaching Kids About the Sense of Sight

Lesson Ideas for Teaching Kids About the Sense of Sight

Sense of Sight Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

In kindergarten science, children learn to become aware of their five senses and how they use these senses as observational skills. Teaching children about the sense of sight is easier than you think. Below are a few fun ways to get kids thinking about sight. These lessons can help make kids aware that they are using this sense daily to explore the world around them.

8 Ways to Teach the Sense of Sight to Preschoolers

  1. Peek-a-Boo. Have the child cover their eyes. Ask if they can see. Ask them what they notice about their environment without seeing.
  2. I Spy. Play I Spy with the kids, calling out colors, shapes, textures, sizes, etc. to help the children guess the secret object. As you play, explain to the children that these characteristics are things you observe with your eyes, or sense of sight.
  3. Blindfolds. Have the children take turns wearing a blindfold. Have them try to walk around and feel things (toys, objects, furniture) to guess what they are.
  4. Read Books. Read books about the sense of sight to reinforce the concepts the child has learned. The Best Sense and Sight Books for preschoolers has a list of seven great ideas.
  5. Braille. Explain to them that people without a sense of sight have a special way to read. Present books written in braille and let them explore what it would be like to read without vision.
  6. Blind Drawing. Blindfold the students and ask them to draw a self-portrait. Then remove the blindfolds and do it again, this time with their eyes.
  7. Observation Memory Game. Put several objects on a plate and tell the kids to look at it and try to memorize the items. Then remove the plate and ask them to create a list of the objects. Or have the children cover their eyes, remove a few items, and have them guess what is missing. Can they remember all the items they saw on the plate?
  8. Peripheral Vision. Explore how wide eyes can see and how peripheral vision works by holding up a variety of objects as you move further and further back behind the student. See how far you can go before the student is no longer able to identify or see the object clearly.
  9. Color Matching. Get several different paint color cards from the hardware store, cut the colors apart, and mix them all together in a pile. Have students work together to group to separate and group all the different shades of each color.

Ask Kids to Describe Objects Using Sight

Talk to the children about objects and ask them to share observations about them. For example, if you hold up a block, ask a child to describe it by telling you not only that it is a block, but its color, size, shape, etc. Other objects to try are musical instruments, foods, and flowers. The objective is to help the child see that they use their sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and feel to observe the world around them. Talk to the child about the observations they make based on these five senses.

  • Light. Of course, we can't see without light. Turn off the lights and explore.
  • Sight Instruments. Experiment with magnifiers, binoculars, telescopes, prisms, and various types of reading glasses to see how they affect vision.
  • All Five Senses. Sight is the most used of our five senses. Spend some time exploring all of the senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell). Have the students explore what they can sense without their eyes.
  • Optical Illusions. Explore various optical illusions. What do you see? How can our eyes fool us?

Worksheets and Lesson Plans for Teaching Sight in Kindergarten

  • This worksheet from Education.com depicts items and asks children to consider whether they are seeing the item or using one of their other senses to perceive it. The worksheet instructs children to "circle the things below that you can see, but can't touch."
  • Look around and use your sense of sight to find something in the room. Draw a picture of it. Then, imagine you are looking at the object through a magnifying glass. Draw what you would see inside the magnifying glass. This exercise and this downloadable worksheet enhance an understanding of sight while encouraging children to build reasoning skills.

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