How to Improve Eye Hand Coordination

If you want to learn how to improve eye hand coordination, you are tuning a fine motor skill that develops shortly after birth. It is an important task regardless of your age. Children are taught how to improve eye hand coordination as early as 4 months old through exploring or toys and games. Practicing this skill not only helps with daily activities or with a specific athletic sport you are trying to improve upon but it can also help delay the aging process.

Steps

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    Color. Grab some coloring books and crayons and color away. While this may bring you back to childhood, it will also improve hand-eye coordination. It is a creative way to control your hands and fingers to do what your eyes coordinate them to do within the confines of the page.
    • Use markers or colored pencils. Instead of a coloring book, grab a sketch pad and draw your own pictures to color.
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    Play video games or online games. Video games require hand skills to execute the desired task to play the game, using motor skills with visual perception. Play a game that requires precision timing, a sensitive touch and detail and you will find your hand-eye skill increases. Playing video games may even help surgeons perfect their skill in the operating room.
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    Put together a jigsaw puzzle. This requires picking up specific pieces to analyze which ones fit together, using and improving both hand-eye coordination and reasoning skills. An even more challenging jigsaw puzzle that will improve hand eye coordination is the 3D jigsaw puzzle.
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    Pick up a baseball, wiffleball or softball bat and take aim. It requires hand-eye skill to hit a ball with a bat. Playing catch has the same effect. If you know how to improve eye hand coordination, you can become better at your chosen sport.
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    Play a sport that involves a racquet, whether that is ping pong, tennis or racquetball. The concept of hitting a ball with the racquet is the same as hitting a ball with a bat except you also have to factor in your opponent's moves as well.
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    Box. If you are afraid of getting hit by your opponent, while this is good motivation to learn hand-eye skill, use boxing bags that move instead. Trying to hit a moving bag will improve hand-eye coordination.
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    Build something or make a craft. Use sticks, blocks or toothpicks to build a model. Try crafts such as crocheting, needlepoint or any craft kit you can find at the store. Mold clay or try your hand at pottery.

Tips

  • Being a part of any sport will help improve hand-eye skill.
  • Throw a ball against a wall and catch it.
  • Try climbing a tree or a rock wall. Look for a path and place your hands and feet in the right place and you will see the path as you climb.
  • Coloring not only teaches you how to improve eye hand coordination but it also helps to relieve stress.

Warnings

  • See your doctor if you are experiencing vision or movement problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Coloring Books or Sketch Pads
  • Coloring or Writing Instruments
  • Games or Sports Equipment

Article Info

Categories: Sports and Fitness