Importance of Brain Gym Exercises in Children
Only when both the brain and body are given sufficient exercise, can a child grow physically, mentally and intellectually. Simple exercises can help enhance brain functions and make your child smarter, sharper, improve their interpersonal skills, boost their confidence and help improve their eyesight. These simple exercises are known as brain gym exercises.
The purpose of brain gym movements is to connect both hemispheres of the brain (right and left), with the goal of improving brain functions, balancing the effects of daily stress and tension, and assisting one in reaching an optimal state to help them stay in shape, think, learn, and concentrate at any time. Many educators have discovered that beginning the day with Brain Gym exercises helps children relax, focus, and perform better. A good time to conduct a brain gym is right before learning activities.
Simple & Effective Brain Gym Exercises your toddler should learn
- Cross Crawls
This exercise helps reduce excess stress in your kids, and also helps improve their concentration.
- Your child needs to move their right arm to their left leg and then switch sides.
- This slow lateral movement helps improve your child’s attention and mental coordination,
This exercise helps improve blood circulation as well as the memory and attention of your child.
- Let your child sit in a comfortable position and then make them bring one of their hands and touch the opposite shoulder.
- Allow him or her to keep the hand steady and squeeze the shoulder around the trapezius muscle, then gently tilt the head towards the shoulder while taking a deep breath
3) Double Doodle Play
This aids in the development of a variety of abilities like improvements in visual skills with spatial awareness, depth perception and binocularity, Increased ability to focus and sustain attention.
- Your child will have to draw two images with both hands in this bilateral drawing activity.
4) The Active Arm
It stimulates your child’s brain, improves hand-eye coordination, and improves tool control.
- Your child has to stretch one of his/her arms and the other arm should be held at a right angle to hold the extended arm in a firm position.
- This exercise helps strengthen your child’s upper chest as well as their shoulders.
5) Gravitational Glider
It improves abstract thinking and mental math calculation ability of the child.
- Make your child sit on a chair, stretch his legs and cross his right leg over the left at the ankles.
- Then tell him or her to take a deep breath and bend forward to reach his or her feet.
6) The Thinking Cap
It improves the child’s short-term memory, hearing, and peripheral vision
- Your child must roll and unroll the outside edge of both ears with his thumbs and index fingers with both hands
7) Earth Buttons
This boosts your child’s intellectual capacity and increases their overall body awareness.
- Allow your child to stand or sit comfortably with their right hand on their lips and their left hand’s palm on the navel.
- Allow your child to massage both hands in gentle circular motions in their respective regions.
8) Lazy Eights
The activity engages your child’s creative side while also loosening his arm and wrist muscles. It also aids in the development of reading speed, eye-muscle coordination, and peripheral vision in children.
- Your child must draw the figure eight a number of times, either in the air or on paper.