Here are some fun activities you can do with your child to help them develop observation skills.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
- Give your child two similar objects; such as, two shirts, two play cars; two fruit, etc.
- Discuss with your child how the objects are alike and how they are different.
LOOKING AT GRASS
- Lay on the grass with your child. You can use a magnifying glass If you have one.
- Have your child observe what he sees on top of the grass.
- Then have him look in the grass and finally below the grass.
TREE OBSERVATIONS (1)
- Pick out a tree in your yard that has leaves.
- Have your child observe the tree in summer, fall, winter, and spring.
- How did the tree change during the different seasons?
TREE OBSERVATIONS (2)
- Another observation activity you can do with a large tree is to sit under it with your child in the summer time.
- Who crawls up and down the tree? Who uses the tree for shade or shelter? Who makes a home in the tree?
- Find a tree in your neighborhood where a bird is building a nest.
- Have your children observe the nest building.
- What materials do the birds use to make their nest?
- Where do they find the materials?
- How long does it take the birds to build their nest?
WHAT IS MISSING?
- Sit with your children and put out four small objects on a table.
- Have your child turn around while you remove one of the objects.
- Then have him turn around and tell you which object is missing.
- When he gets good at this game using four objects, gradually add more objects.
WHAT AM I WEARING
- Occasionally, take a blanket and wrap it around yourself.
- Ask your children what you are wearing?
- If you do this about three times a week, your children will start to notice what you are wearing.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
You will need a soft sided bag or sock for this activity.
- Place a small familiar toy in a bag or large sock.
- Give the sock to your child and have her try to determine what the object is by feeling it’s shape through the bag.