Gwyn McCormack from Positive Eye has generously submitted a series of ‘Top Ideas’, which we will be sharing each month. You can read her introduction to the series and other posts here.

This specific series is centred around the importance of concept development when teaching children who have a vision impairment. The ‘Top Ideas’ can be utilised by your child’s educational setting or by a parent wanting to give a little extra help with learning from home.

Idea 5: Simple Shape Sorter

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Idea 5: Simple Shape Sorter

Image 1 shows a cardboard box with round holes cut into it and lots of balls of different sizes, colours and textures.

Image 2 shows a muffin tray with balls of different sizes, colours and textures.

Make a simple shape sorter from a cardboard box

3 holes, big, medium and small

Place balls of all sizes, textures and colours in a box and sort via the hole sizes.

Encourage child to make rows and columns with the balls in a muffin tin

Encouraging fine motor skills, hand grasp, one to one, numerousness, discrimination, concept, shape, form size, same and different.

Early rows and column skills


Make the child with SEND the starting point for planning, NOT the ADD-ON


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