Having spoken to other mothers from around the world about early child development and right brain education, I realise that we are very fortunate to have not one but three right brain schools in our country. In many countries there aren’t any right brain schools at all. So what’s a mother to do if she wants to help develop her child’s right brain on her own? Here’s a list of right brain activities that I have compiled based on what I have seen, heard, and read about:
- Linking Memory
- Memory Grid
- Quantity Recognition
- ESP Games
- Number Memory
- Puzzle Activities
These are great activities to do for “home practice” even if your child attends a right brain class.
Update: For more activities that I think are great for developing the brain, check out these articles:
- Other Puzzle Activities – Part 1, Part 2
- Right Brain Home Practice for Lazy Mums – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Brain Training Programs
- Brain Training Apps for iPhone/iPad
There are two imaging activities that I know about:
Activity 1: Ask your child to close his eyes. Talk him through an imaginary scenario – it can be about anything. For example: you are walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The big gates swing open in front of you. Can you see Mr Willy Wonka approaching you with his purple coat and walking stick? He takes you into his factory into the room with lots of candy. You see a wonderland made entirely of candy – can you smell the chocolate river? Try some of the sugar flowers – doesn’t it taste sweet on your tongue? Listen to the music – it’s the Oompa Loompas singing as they work… and so on.
If you’ve seen the Wink program from Right Brain Kids, this is the magic carpet ride activity.
Activity 2: You need to make image cards for this activity. Get some pictures of objects and stick them onto a large brightly coloured piece of cardboard. Stick a dot in the center of the picture to serve as a focal point.
Ask your child to stare at the center of a picture for ten seconds and then close his eyes to. Ask him if he can “see” the after image of the picture in his mind. He should work towards being able to see a clear image of the object in his mind.
Here is an example of an image card from the Wink program:
The purpose of imaging:
Imaging is an activity that helps to train the right brain’s imaging ability. The ability of the right brain to create clear images in the mind is the foundation for many right brain talents, such as being able to speed reading, having a photographic memory, being able to perform rapid complex caculations, being able to perform ESP, etc.
Next: Flash Cards