These age requirements are based on ocupational therapist standards.

Age requirements for a

6 year old


Colour observation:

1.  Can point and give the names of all the colours on request.

2.  Uses the appropriate colours when colouring in.

3.  Organises different shades of one colour from light to dark.

4.  Able to say which colour is obtained when mixing two basic colours.

Body awareness:

1.  Able to point and name all body parts.

2.  Knows the names of different joints.

3.  Knows the function of each body part.

Foreground-background discrimination:

1.  Focuses on a specific item.

2.  Finds well hidden objects.

Shape perception:

1.  Points and names all the basic geometric shapes.

2.  Knows the difference between a circle and oval, square and rectangle, kite and diamond.

3.  Observes shapes and symbols together with colour.

Visual discrimination:

1.  Can identify small differences between letters and numbers.

2.  Enjoys and master complex spot-the-difference pictures.

3.  Matches complex shapes and combinations of shapes.

Visual analysis, synthesis and visual closure:

1.  Builds a complicated 30 - 100 piece puzzle.

2.  Understands that 2 half circles can make one circle, and that 4 quarters make one square.

3.  Constructs objects with different shapes.


1.  Draws logical conclusions and discuss these.

2.  Understands the relation between question and answer.

3.  Can group items based on similarities e.g. colour, shape, etc.

4.  Can solve problems.

5.  Works systematically and creatively.


Visual memory:

1.  Remembers and recalls 6 -10 objects. 

Visual sequence:

1.Can remember and name 6 - 10 known objects in a specific sequence.

Visual pattern sequence:

1.  Recognises and repeats a two dimensional pattern with 6 objects.

Sequence of events:

1.  Can remember and execute 3 - 4  complex instructions in sequence.


1.  Can count from 1 -  30.

2.  Can count 13 - 20 objects.

3.  Can do easy adding and subtracting sums.

4.  Recognises numbers 1 - 10.

5.  Can count in tens.

6.  Understands concepts like: number, weight, circumference, size, length, relations, order, etc.


1.  Creates by using available materials.

2.  Imaginative conversations.

3.  More detailed and realistic pictures.


Language skill:

1.  Can tell a long story.

2.  Tells a story in the present and past tense.

3.  Sentences more structures.

4.  Can detect errors and absurdities in sentences e.g. "Fish fly in the sky".

5.  Can predict the possible outcome of a story e.g. "The lights went out and I...."

6.  Understands the cause and effect in a situation e.g. "The girl dropped the glass and ...."


Eye-hand coordination:

1.  Skilled in using the mouse - uses mostly finger movement to move the mouse, thus holding the shoulder and elbow            joints as well as the wrist relatively still.

2.  Can cross the middle line.

3.  Eyes can follow a moving object.

4.  Dominance of hand, foot and eye has been established.

5.  Can click on 8 different objects in 25 seconds.

Spatial relations:

1.  Is able to describe his/her relation to other objects.

2.  Can follow instructions to place two objects in relation to one another on a two-dimensional level e.g. behind, in            front, under, on top, next to.

3.  Can build a figure with 10 blocks.


1.  Moves in a direction according to instruction.

2.  Constant awareness of right and left.


Evaluation of emotional skills and task orientation to a greater or lesser extent applicable to each age group.


1.  Unable to wait turn to attend class.

2.  Positive attitude regarding learning situation.

3.  Eager to learn.

State of mind:

1.  Cheerful.

2.  Spontaneous.

3.  Excited.

Daring attitude:

1.  Confident.

2.  Able tot work independently.

3.  Prepared to take on and complete unknown tasks.



1.  Concentrates irrespective of external factors.

2.  Can concentrate for entire duration of lesson.

3.  Observes well and follows instructions.

Completion of tasks:

1.  Completes task irrespective of difficulty.

2.  Works methodically and systematically.

3.  Maintains good working tempo.

Independent work:

1.  Carries out instructions without continual assistance.

2.  Thinks about matters and makes decision.

3.  Can think creatively.


1.  Determined.

2.  Displays courage.

3.  Perseveres in spite of difficult work.



1.  Mouse.

2.  Keyboard.

3.  Equipment.

4.  Tablet.

Meaning and naming of:

1.  Screen.

2.  Keyboard.

3.  Mouse.

4.  Enter.

5.  Space bar

6.  Direction keys.

7.  "Drag"

8. " JustClick"

9.  Laptop.

10. Tablet.