When kids aren’t working from both sides of their brains, chaos ensues. Ever tried logic with a tantrum throwing tot?!
Our right brains are emotional and impulsive, and they often take over. While the left side of our brains are logical and organized, we still need the right for creative problem solving and for reading nonverbal cues. It’s a peanut butter & jelly situation. One can’t work nearly as well without the other!
But how do we encourage our kiddos to use both sides of their brain for optimum growth? Through play and games of course!
– Lead your little one to color or paint with their non-dominant hand. Or for double the fun, use both hands at once! It may be frustrating at first, but once they get a grasp of it, they’ll love the challenge.
– Move and groove while crossing the midline of the body. This twisting does wonders for brain development. Try marching and hitting each knee with the opposite hand as you go!
– Take a kids yoga class. Breathing boosts brain activity and standing on each limb individually will promote balance!
– Play ball! Run, throw, kick, and catch. Bonus points if you make sure to alternate which arm/leg is doing most of the work!
– Tell a story together! This simple, creative act will build communication skills, empower the imagination, and help you make awesome memories. Who knew playing make believe could do so much good for our brains? (Okay, we did!)
(originally posted on Toddler Blog)