Does your young learner know the difference between shapes, letters and numbers? If not, this Google Slide show can help! Visual discrimination is key in the early stages of learning to read. What Does Not Belong Visual Discrimination Activities for Kindergarten are great for helping students see details in visual images! This Google Slides presentation is a fun way to help your child pay attention to detail! Activities to develop visual discrimination help us learn to read!
This Google Slide activity will help your child develop good visual discrimination in an interactive way. Your kindergartner will work on hand eye coordination as he/she moves the mouse to demonstrate which item doesn’t belong in the group. Critical thinking skills will also be used while trying to decide which picture doesn’t belong. All of the slides have a great spring theme so they are a wonderful activity for what does not belong for kids. Great discussions will come out of these slides!
Why does my child need to develop Visual Discrimination skills?
First and foremost, let’s discuss the definition of visual discrimination.
Visual Discrimination is the ability to recognize details in visual images.
Why do kids need this skill? Completing this what does not belong activity will help with sorting and matching letters. Identifying differences in letters will help with reading. Therefore, being able to discriminate how letters are alike and different is key to successful reading.
The ability to identify the subtle differences between letters like b and d is essential for readers. As a kindergarten teacher, I know many of the students really struggle with identifying letters that look alike. Even W and M are often confused. Kindergartners need strong visual discrimination skills! These slides are another tool to build this skill.
Once a kindergartner understands the differences between letters, numbers and shapes, it’s time to read!
How do I use this activity?
First, MAKE A COPY of the Google Slides.
Rename the slideshow so that you can easily search for it in your computer. Remember to give it a name that you can easily search up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost things because I can’t remember what I named them!
Click on a slide. Have your child study the pictures. Remind them to look for the picture that does not belong. You may want to talk to your child about the similarities in the pictures.
Have your child click on the X and then move it onto the slide that does not belong.
Discuss why that picture is different than the others.
How can I use these slides to teach visual discrimination?
I typically like to start with hands on activities. Sorting household items is a great activity to develop visual discrimination! Have your child sort socks or load the dishwasher!
Play matching games to help children build this skill. You can use coins, cards, playing cards, toys etc…
I love that these slides have a Spring theme! You can get into great discussions about life cycles, outdoor activities and categorization. Talk about the butterfly life cycle or how honey is made.
Print up the cards to play a matching game. You can cut the slides apart and have them form a group for the slides that belong together. Don’t forget to have your child use his/her critical thinking skills and talk about WHY the pictures belong together.
Have your child pick one of the pictures to create their own story. You can be their scribe or have them write words phonetically.
Don’t forget to have fun talking about all of the spring themes in the slides!
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