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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

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Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

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  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
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  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
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How to Improve Your Child’s Hand-Eye Coordination

Hand eye coordination is developed from a very early age and involved the simultaneous use of hands and eyes. After discovering hand movements, babies will soon be wanting to use them in a coordinated way so that they can reach what catches their attention. This is an exciting developmental journey and there are several toys and activities that you can provide to support this developmental journey.

1. What is hand-eye coordination?

The term “hand-eye coordination” describes the ability of your body’s visual system to process information received through the eyes and use it to direct the movements of the hands. This skill is clearly demonstrated in sports such as tennis, baseball and basketball, but even simple daily tasks require the brain, eyes and limbs to work together. Hand-eye coordination is a complex neurological process that should be encouraged from an early age. It works in conjunction with our fine-motor skills (needed for tasks such as doing up buttons) and also our gross-motor skills (needed for catching a ball). Without good hand-eye coordination, we would not be able to carry out everyday tasks such as writing, pouring a drink, or putting on our socks.

2. What is hand-eye coordination developed?

From the basics such as picking up a toy to more major movements that involve a mature complexity of motions, hand-eye coordination builds as your child grows.

From around four months your baby will start bringing the object he is holding in his hands to his mouth which is used as a tool to explore and examine the objects around them. From around 6 months, a baby is able to use their hands to explore objects in greater detail- touching them, squeezing them and tapping them.

Newborn (first 2 months)Infant (2-12 months)Toddler (12+ months)
 As newborns, your baby’s hand movements are mainly reflexive in nature, but as they grow, their movements will be more purposeful. By the time your baby is five-months-old, they should be reaching and grasping for objects and moving toys from one hand to the other. As the end of the first year approaches, this skill develops to include a pincer grip, capable of picking up smaller items such as dry pieces of cereal.  From two-years-old, your toddler should be able to pick up and stack five building blocks, hold a writing utensil, and hold a spoon to eat. By three-years-old, he or she should be capable of turning pages in a book and drawing circles.

 

Once at preschool, your child should now have a good grasp on their hand-eye coordination. By now they have developed spatial awareness that coordinates with their hand-eye abilities to position small objects and better control eating utensils. Hand-eye coordination will continue to develop with practice, and by school age their fine motor skills have matured enough to let him or her master most basic hand-eye coordination tasks. Your school age child should be able to print letters, colour between the lines, feed themselves, do up zippers and buttons, and manipulate objects easily. As years go on, hand-eye coordination skills become more sophisticated, allowing them to play sports such as basketball, tennis and baseball.

3. What activities can you do to encourage hand-eye coordination?

There are many ways to encourage development of hand-eye coordination in children. Just like any other skill, the more time spent doing activities that involves hand-eye coordination, the easier the skill will become.

If you have concerns about your child’s hand-eye coordination, consider speaking with your paediatrician. Before this, however, you may like to try some exercises that help to strengthen weak hand-eye coordination skills. These might include:


Infant (2-12 months)

Toddler (12+ months)
  For infants, play is an essential part of developing hand-eye coordination. Play allows your baby to learn how to reach and grab for objects, as well as understand cause and effect.

  For infants, try:

  • placing objects of interest within reach
  • shaking a rattle or plastic keys
  • playing with toys that make noise
  • attaching wrist rattles
  • building a tower for baby to knock down
 

 

From two-years-old, your toddler should be able to pick up and stack five building blocks, hold a writing utensil, and hold a spoon to eat.

  For toddlers try:

  • throwing and catching a ball
  • colouring in activities
  • connect-the-dot activities
  • stringing beads
  • bouncing balls
  • tossing a small bean bag into a hula hoop
  • rolling a ball
  • finger painting

4. What toys encourage hand-eye coordination?

There are several toys that can be used to help encourage hand-eye coordination, but they do not need to be expensive or difficult to find.

Some great toys to encourage hand-eye coordination include:

  1. Stacking toys: developing hand-eye coordination but also for stimulating your child’s imagination, improving spatial awareness, and promoting logical thinking
  2. Shape sorters: a great way for babies to learn about different shapes
  3. Puzzles: sharpen visual perception and fine motor skills and can be an effective tool in the development of your child. In addition to adding to their fine motor skills, jigsaw puzzles can help children develop their memory, shape recognition and goal setting. Choose age-appropriate puzzles to avoid your child from becoming too frustrated with the difficulty.
  4. Pop up toys: These toys feature a series of knobs, buttons, and levers that children can play with and help them learn about cause-and-effect.
  5. Balls: promote direct the use of hands in multiple directions
  6. Painting sets: promote fine motor skills and help enhance imagination
  7. Colour pencils: markings on paper will help to encourage hand-eye coordination

Summary

The term “hand-eye coordination” describes the ability of your body’s visual system to process information received through the eyes and use it to direct the movements of the hands. It is one of the most exciting and stimulating times in a baby’s growing journey as they begin to control their hand movements to achieve tasks, they set out to do. There are a number of toys and activities that can support this journey and it should be considered that each child is individual and will meet their milestones at different times.

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
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