8 Apps That Help Develop Fine Motor, Visual Motor, and Visual Perceptual Skills

1. Highlights hidden pictures

Ages: 4+

Price: 14 day free trial & then $2.99

Compatibility: Apple & Android

Description: Enjoy various scenes where you must find all the hidden objects as fast as you can! This is a great activity for working on visual perceptual skills

2. Find the Difference- Spot It

Ages: 4+

Price: FREE

Compatibility: Android & Apple versions

Description: This app promotes visual perceptual skills, more specifically visual discrimination skills. Try to find all the differences between the two pictures each round!

3. Supper Puzzle: Jigsaw Puzzles for Toddlers

Ages:4+

Price: FREE or $2.99 for Full access

Compatibility: Apple & Android

Description: This is a great game to improve visual perceptual skills. You can choose from a variety of puzzles and set each one to 6, 9, 12, 16, 30, 56, or 72 pieces based on your child’s skill level!

4. Monster Hunt

Ages: 4+

Price: FREE

Compatibility: Apple

Description: A fun game that helps improve visual memory for all ages. This game can be played with a single or multi players and is customizable for different skill levels!

5. Cut The Rope

Ages: 4+

Price: FREE

Compatibility: Apple & Android

Description: A fun game for all ages. Advance through different levels of difficulty by using higher level cognitive skills. This game challenges cognitive skills such as planning and sequencing. It is also a great visual motor activity.

6. Handwriting Without Tears: Wet, Dry, Try

Ages: 4+

Price: $4.99

Compatibility: Apple & Android

Description: Practice uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers on this fun app! This application will help teach proper letter and number formation , essential for good handwriting!

7. Dexteria Jr.

Ages: 2-6

Price: $3.99

Compatibility: Apple

Description: This application helps develop fine motor skills and handwriting readiness for preschool children and toddlers! The various activities in this application help work on pincer grasps, strength, control, and manual dexterity.

8. Dexteria

Ages: 5- Adult

Price: $3.99

Compatibility: Apple

Description: This app helps develop and improve fine motor, and visual motor skills. The different hand and finger exercises help improve strength, control, and dexterity. It also helps with handwriting readiness and fine motor precision.

-Marla Griswold, OTR/L