Iris and Pupil Game & How The Eye Works – Printables For Kids

There was a short period in Elle’s life where she likes to poke Jay in the eye.

This usually happens during meal time when the poor boy is strapped to his high chair. Out of the blue, Elle would walk over to him, stick her finger out and move it towards his eye. She even does a little sound effect to accompany her action.

‘Bloop’ she says as her finger touches Jay’s eyelid. The poor boy, all he could do is shake his head and whine….and Elle would giggle.

I’m not kidding you. This is a true story! And believe me, we put a stop to that pretty quickly!

A game of printables for kids to learn how the eyes react in different lighting situations. Free printable download.

After those incidents, I though it would be good for Elle to learn about how the eye works and how we need to take care of them.

Observing the Iris and the Pupil – How The Eye Works

I’ve always been fascinated by how our iris/pupil changes size in different lighting situations. I thought Elle would find this interesting too so I gave her a flashlight and a mirror to do some observing.

I put us in a somewhat dark room but still light enough to see. We stood in front of the mirror and took turns shining the light into our eyes. If you’ve never done this before you must! It’s a really neat thing to see!

how the eye works

As we watch our eyes react to the light, I explained to Elle how our iris constricts and the hole (pupil) gets smaller when it’s bright, and when it’s dark the iris dilates and the pupil gets bigger. We also talked about the shape of the eye and why the iris changes in different light.

eye face matching, printable for kids

We talked about how everyone have different coloured irises and noticed that even though both our eyes are brown, mine are lighter than hers. We also went on Google to look at different eye colours.

The Iris and Pupil Game

To reinforce what we learned, I created this game for Elle which would go in her collection of busy bags.

eye pupil matching, printables for kids

The purpose of this game is to create a face with the right set of eyes based on the information given. I created this game with Preschoolers in mind and put pictures on the card so they can understand it.

eye printables for kids

Elle was pretty excited when I told her about this game! She ran to the office where it was set up and began putting a girl face together. I had to bring her attention to the cards so she could create a face based on the information. As I read, I paused where there was a picture so she could read the sentence with me.

A game that teaches kids how the eye works. Free printable download.

She is still grasping the concept of how our eyes changes in light so I had to coach her a bit. For example, when we were doing the card where the boy with the blue eyes is star gazing, I had to ask her questions to help her come up with the answer. Questions like when do the stars coming out, is it bright or dark at night, and what happens to our iris and pupil when it’s dark.

eye matching, printables for kids

I also taught her about catch lights and where it comes from and why they’re there. Actually, I’m not sure if that’s the technical/medical name for it but in photography that’s what we call it. She was very diligent in making sure her catch lights are in the right direction.

Printable Download

A game of printables for kids to learn about their eyes. Free printable download.

This game comes in 2 versions: 1 in full color and the other saves you ink! Yes, I listened to what you guys want and created black and white printables but you or your kids will have to colour in the eyes and hair =)

You can download the full color one here and the one that saves some ink here.

When you print it out, be sure to print it out on card stock. If you want the game to last, laminate the pieces for durability and keep them in a zip lock bag. I laminate all our busy bag games since Jay will be playing with them when he’s older.

When you play this game with your children, be sure to talk about how we need to take care of our eyes. You could find some really useful eye care tips on www.weloveyoureyes.ca.

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If you and your kids had fun with this game, you might also like the eye trivia game on www.weloveyoureyes.ca. You could play the game and win some prizes plus learn some facts to help take care of your children’s eyes.

Pretty inviting, right?

amy lee signature for the connection we share

ps – Did you know you can blink 5 times in a single second? Ha! I bet you just tried it!

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Opticians Council of Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Opticians Council of Canada.
Bonnie Way -

Oooh, this is totally cool! What a great idea. I like the idea of both printables too – for creative kids who want to colour their own or for kids who just want to play the game. Thanks!!! :)

Dovetail Blog -

My oldest was going for the baby’s eyes recently – this is such a good idea! Thank you!

Livia Wright Taylor -

My daughter loves this kind of stuff! She’s always asking how things work.

Train Up The Child -

Love the idea – hands-on visuals always attract an interested child who will definitely learn from it

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Carolina Gonzalez -

what a great idea!!

Megan Newton -

Wow, 5 times a second?? I totally just tried it!

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