When trying to help your child with their eye patching, most parents will need to try a range of strategies and activities to be successful. This blog focuses on how you can use readily available dot to dot books and downloads to both entertain and distract your child
The first step in these type of patching activities is to get your child to take their time; get them to colour in or even decorate each picture whilst their eye patch is on, discuss the pictures in the book with them, practice counting, help them with their pencil grip and find reading books or toys that relate to the pictures they have decorated that patch session! You may even get them a special set of pencils, crayons and stickers to use when doing table tasks for eye patch time!
Creativity is great for overall development whilst also being a fantastic distractor for a frustrated child wearing their eye patch.
Why Dot to Dot Books?
Dot to dot pictures have so many fantastic benefits, not just for children with amblyopia!
They are great for teaching patience, task precision, hand-eye coordination, counting skills and concentration as well as being a seated activity which maybe preferred if your child has severe amblyopia. They also have the extra bonus of being able to be coloured in afterwards!
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Some of our favourite dot to dot workbooks are listed below!
This packs a lot of punch for the cost, with 101 dot to dots to work through and colour in. Beautifully illustrated and any child will love working through this puzzle book.
This is a fantastic work books for kids who are getting a grasp of their numbers. The pictures range in scale and difficulty, with puzzles from 35 dots upwards.