The Skinny: This is a quick, easy, and fun activity that works vision convergence simply because you need two eyes to focus or you can’t do the challenge. It’s balancing dice on the end of a tongue depressor or popsicle stick that you are holding in your mouth. (see photos) If someone didn’t tell me, I would have thought it was a birthday party game! (oh wait, I think it is!)
What it is: Dice balancing on the end of a popsicle stick or tongue depressor
What it’s used for: Vision convergence
Ways to use it:
- Vision Convergence:
- First, just start with holding the popsicle stick or tongue depressor in your mouth. The tongue depressor is wider and easier to work with, or, to make it more challenging, use the popsicle stick. Place one die on it, then two, and so on. We were working with five.
- Once your kid has figured out how to balance all 5 (or more!) then ask them to count the dots that they see. It forces longer convergence and more attention to detail.
- Once your kid has mastered that piece, raise the challenge, give them an order to put the dice in. 1-5 or five random numbers to work on their short term memory as well. They have to then look at the die they are grabbing next and then to the dies that are on their stick. Forcing some natural convergence and divergence!
Where to find it: Typically, you can find this around the house. But, you can get the dice and tongue depressors or popsicle sticks (more challenging) on Amazon. Please remember, if you buy it through me you don’t pay any difference, and I get a small percentage. Thank you.
The Source: Dr. Major – Central Coast Vision and Learning – 805.431.1050