More Right Brain Games

Creating your own right brain materials is time consuming and tedious.  If you’re like me, you probably prefer to buy the materials rather than make them yourself, especially if you’re a working parent with limited time to spend with your children.  The last thing you want to do is to make right brain materials when you could be spending time with your kids.  Even as a SAHM, I find the only time I really have to make materials are when the kids are asleep.  If I fall asleep with them instead of staying up, I’m already behind schedule.

So what are the alternatives?

You could purchase right brain materials.  Sourcing ready-made activities can be tricky but there are retailers that sell packages which you can use with your child at home.  Depending on which part of the world you live in, getting hold of these materials can be difficult and expensive.

Part of the reason why I wanted to learn more about right brain was to understand the motivation for doing specific activities.  By understanding the goal, perhaps we can find alternative activities our children can do which achieve the same end.  I try to look for right brain activities in the daily activities that my children are already engaged in and modify them as necessary.  For example, one activity Gavin enjoys is “going to Thomas Land”.  When I’m trying to get him to wind down before sleep, I suggest that we take a journey to the magical island of Sodor.  Gavin will close his eyes and picture the images to the story I tell him.  If you read my earlier posts on right brain activities, you’ll realise that this is effectively imaging.

Right Brain Games

The other thing I try to do is use the toys we already have or ones are easily bought from any regular toy store.  Here are some simple toys that can be used to develop the right brain:

1. Lego/Duplo

  • Constructing Lego designs trains imaging.
  • Creating your own constructions develops creativity.

2. Jigsaw Puzzles

  • Trains right brain imaging as it is necessary to be able to see how each pieces fits into the bigger picture.

3. Blocks

  • Can be used in a similar way to tangrams to create pictures which help to develop creativity.
  • Copying patterns helps to develop imaging.

Right Brain Activities

4. Mastermind

  • By eliminating the use of clues, you can use it as a game to help develop ESP.

Right Brain Games

5. Battle Ship

  • Similarly, this board game can also be used to help develop ESP.

6. Guess Who

  • Again, by eliminating the use of clues, this game can be played as an ESP game.

Right Brain Games

These are just some examples of activities and games that can be played to engage the right brain.  I’m sure you can think of more.  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

10 thoughts on “More Right Brain Games

  1. I aim to make a set of 10 flashcards every 2 days, which is rather achievable. I rope my boy in to choose the images for the cards, and he watches & “helps” as I print, cut and paste the cards, write the words with marker pen. Sort of like craft time.

    We also use recycled stuff at home to make learning materials. E.g.
    – Roll small bits of paper and use them to feed animal soft toys (pretend play)
    – put small items into a cloth bag and play ESP games

    In fact, these are ideas from Shichida’s centre. Buying right-brain training materials is a good way to start off. After a while, making materials could enhance parent-child bonding and creativity. Have fun! 🙂

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  2. Great ideas to remember when Gareth is older. Right now he crawls everywhere and puts everything into his mouth so craft time at home is limited. I have tried leaving him in the play pen but he gets really aggro because he can see us having fun outside and he’s all alone. No matter how big I make his play pen, unless one of us is in there with him, he won’t stay in there for long.

    It’s unfortunate for Gavin because he doesn’t get much time for painting, or playing with play dough – unless he plays alone and I entertain Gareth. That’s one of the benefits of him going to school, I guess.

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  3. Yes, so I’ve discovered… Gavin never liked putting things into his mouth – not even a teether even when he was teething – so I’ve never really had the experience of having a child who puts everything into his mouth until now… Gareth is a very different baby from Gavin.

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  4. Ben unfortunately don’t like blocks and Lego. Unlike the Tangram puzzles at Hegeru, Tangram has the outlines. I bought a Tangram game with just the outside outlines and Ben loves it – I think it is because of the lessons during Hegeru. Do you have any ideas how to get Ben interested in Lego or blocks? Do you also happen to have the Thomas memory card game which I saw in Toyrus? Just want your opinion about it before purchasing. :)…

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  5. Gavin has been playing with Lego since he was 1+ so I don’t really have any tips there… I suppose you could try taking Ben to the Brick Boys shop in Midvalley and see if he is willing to play with the pieces they have there (they have a table with Lego pieces for children to play).

    I find that if I want Gavin to play something he isn’t so interested in, you have to remove other distractions. So while he may not play with a particular toy at home because he has other toys which he would rather play with (e.g. Thomas trains), he is more willing to play with those toys if he is at a friend’s house or at the mall when there are no other options available. Remember that children would rather do something than be bored…

    I’m sure Ben knows that Choo Choo train is in Midvalley so you may have trouble getting him to go to Brick Boys (one level up, in the middle section of Gardens). Perhaps you could tell him, “Mummy needs to buy a present for … why don’t you play with the Lego while you wait for me?” See if he goes.

    With blocks – same story. Gavin’s been playing blocks since he was 1+. But as children get older they are less interested in blocks. I find that if I take it out to play with Gareth, Gavin will want to play as well. I also bought him the Plan Toys building set with the spanner and screw driver which he plays with his father sometimes.

    As for the Thomas Memory card game… we don’t have it but we have Thomas memory cards from another game set that my Dad bought for him. I tried playing memory with him but he kept wanted to sort the cards rather than play the game.

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  6. Hi Shen-Li
    I have just returned from a month long visit to Sri Lanka, my home country.
    I went there to test my own programme of Right Brain Education.
    The results are very encouraging.
    I saw at first hand that the claims of Dr Makoto Shichida are all sound.
    I am looking for business partners to take the program to the rest of the world.
    Kind regards
    Raymond

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  7. Shen-Li,
    Thank you so much for your post and all your hard work n typing all this up. I had a question. For guess-who, mastermind, and battleship, you mentioned eliminating the use of clues. What do you mean by this? How is the game played at your house?
    Thank you in advance
    Juli

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    1. Hi Juli,

      The use of the guessing games is more for developing the intuition of the right brain. The way these games are played usually require logical deduction to work out the answer. The clues help you work out the answers. For instance, in Guess Who, you start by eliminating characters – “is this person male?” “does this person have brown hair? blue eyes? etc. The answers to these questions will help you to eliminate all the people who don’t fit so you can narrow down the options. By removing clues, I mean you should eliminate these questions go straight to guessing which person it is. Hope that makes sense.

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  8. Thank you so much for free education.
    We play ‘Guess who’ game with our family members involving my 3 years old son by closing eyes to touch only hand or nose or forehead or only one finger.

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