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4 Easy Right Brain Activities to Play with Kids at Home

A child’s brain develops at exponential speed from during the first three years, with the right brain being more dominant until around three years old.

The left brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. Functions include logic, language, reasoning, Science and Math, number skills and analytical thought.

The right brain is the artistic and creative side of the brain and its functions include art awareness, creativity, imagination, intuition, holistic thought and music awareness. Also, the right brain enables a child to learn subconsciously and has the potential to process large amount of data at super-fast speed, unlike the left brain. This in turn translates to better memory retention ability.

Besides attending right brain training sessions, parents can partake in simple right brain activities at home with your kids too. The key to right brain activities is the fast speed technique which engages young kids while developing their focus. Have fun playing together!

Right Brain Development Activity #1: Link Memory
Link memory is a set of picture cards with little relation to each other. The game is played by creating a link between the cards and developing a story. This game encourages creativity and triggers the brain’s potential for photographic memory by stimulating the right brain. This activity is suitable for children who can vocalise themselves and identify the items in the photographs.

Have fun creating funny stories with pictures that are part of the Link Memory activity, which helps stimulate the right brain through visuals and memory.Source.

Right Brain Development Activity #2: Flashcards

Flashcards are sets of pictorial cards that are shown in quick succession to the child. It is accompanied by vocalisation of the description of the photos. You can stimulate your child’s right brain by flashing the pictorial cards at a rate of 2 cards per second, as opposed to flashing slowly which exercises their logic brain; the left brain.

This activity can be done even before the child recognises the items in the photographs. As the cards are flashed quickly, the right brain is stimulated by the quick speed. Their photographic memory is enhanced when they try to recall the cards as they are being flashed. It is best to use flashcards with large and colourful pictures without any words.

Right Brain Development Activity #3: Visual Memory
Visual memory games are played like this: First, you get your child to look at images that comprise of different shapes and colours. Afterwards, your child is supposed to replicate them from their memory by drawing them out or use shape blocks to form the exact same image that was shown to them.

Visual memory games help strengthen your child’s right brain.
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Right Brain Development Activity #4: Tangrams

Tangram puzzles are seven shapes cut from a square that can be rearranged to form other shapes. You can print out puzzle guides for your older child to follow, or let your child be creative and use the shapes to create their own figure while looking at the tangram image.

To support healthy brain development, offer children a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals through nutrient-rich meals. Apart from superfoods and food that are high in healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, parents can choose age-appropriate formula milk powder to supplement children’s diet to obtain the essential nutrients.

Do you stimulate your children’s right brain development at home too? Share with us your kids’ favourite right brain training activities in the comments below!

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8 Reasons Why Toddlers Should Be Involved with Household Chores

Does having your toddler help with the household chores sound like a dream come true, or an unbelievable attempt?

With a host of learning possibilities, young children who are involved with housework become better individuals and team players.

The initial effort of teaching and guiding your child with the household chore may seem like a tall order. However, once your toddler is familiar with how things are done and discover the exciting side of it (yes!), it will be much easier to get them completed with an extra pair of hands!

Household chores present opportunities for children to learn life skills. Add a dash of creativity to make those chores a fun, engaging activity which they would enjoy too! Experts share that having children involved at an early age can have a positive impact when they are older.

Let’s get them started!

Children can help with simple household chores such as washing dishes, or helping mum to prepare dinner.

1) Learn to be responsible

Simple tasks such as getting your toddler to keep his toys after play, establishes the order of how things are in your home. While it is easy for adults to clean up for them, doing so shows them that someone else will clean up after them.

For a start, show him the boxes or drawers where the toys belong, and keep them together.

Make it fun by singing and jiggling along so it seems like a game too! Before long, he will be able to clean up after play, by taking ownership of his belongings.

2) Develop team player skills

Completing a task together halves the effort and takes lesser time. Let your toddler observe how quick and fun it is to do those household chores together. As he realises that his cooperative role in with the chore has a positive impact, he would appreciate his role and look forward to making a difference.

Cleaning his toys, or helping to wipe the table after meals are simple ways your toddlers can help. At the same time, he learns to collaborate and work together towards a common goal – a spick and span home. Well, almost!

3) Develop leadership skills

Just as team player skills are important social skills in life, leadership skills allow toddlers to take on decision making, and learn how to influence others to work towards shared objectives together. He also become more aware of others’ needs and perspectives, progressively become more independent, which all adds to character building.

This also means your toddler gets a chance to hone his problem-solving skills during those opportunities. Can’t find the original box to keep those jigsaw puzzles? Look for an empty lunchbox to keep them! This allows your toddler to stretch his communication and observation skills to initiate the search for an alternative container, and possibly end up with a game of treasure hunt to look for one!

 

 

Being involved in the daily family routine lets them understand about their roles, and instils values such as responsibility and appreciation within the home.

4) Feel a sense of belonging

Each family member plays a role in the house. As your child becomes more involved in keeping a systematic routine for a clean home, it gives him the opportunity to give back to parents for what they have done for them. As he begins to see the importance of his role and contribution, it allows the child to have a stronger connection to the family.

Nurture your little Jamie Oliver by getting him involved in meal preparations. Assign simple tasks such as sorting vegetables and mushrooms, cracking and beating eggs. When both of you are more confident, your toddler can help by cutting food. Besides picking up survival skills, he learns to appreciate the effort behind a meal, and his fruit of labour will taste extra yummy too!

 

5) Understand about hygiene and cleanliness

The basics of hygiene is a habit cultivated from an early age. Toddlers are exposed to understanding those cleanliness standards as part of the family’s house rules, and develop their acceptance level of hygiene too.

Start the day by letting your toddler learn to make his bed. After meals, he can help with washing the dishes too! These simple household chores will help set your future teenager in putting his hands to maintain good hygiene in the home too.

Your eager little helper has been watching you clean the home, and now it’s his turn to “role play” as he imitates you by doing simple chores.

 

6) Sharpen organisational skills

Don’t wait till you are expecting guests at your home to start involving your toddler in household chores! Offer your child the chance to sharpen his organisational skills, by learning to take instructions from you on how to put things back in their original place. Soon enough, he will know to do that without you telling him to!

Sorting the laundry offers a chance for your toddler to categorise by colour or material type. Helping to put those markers and crayons back in their holders after use, are simple ways of being organised.

 

7) Boosts self-confidence

Remember to offer praises and encouragement to your toddler who is taking steps to help with the household chores. Research shows that a high five or appreciative words boosts self-confidence instantly, as children feel a sense of pride by helping to keep the house clean.

Besides developing a higher self-esteem, your toddler is better able to manage his emotions such as cope with frustration, or expect gratification for a task done.

8) Learn to be appreciative, kind and helpful

Kindness begins at home, and parents set the best examples.

Experts share that young children involved in household chores understand the effort of keeping the home clean and develop a sense of gratitude and are thankful for what their parents do for them. By helping with the household chores, your toddler discovers how it feels to be appreciated, and in turn, learn from you how to be appreciative of others. It goes beyond getting the tasks done, and at the same time subtlety inculcating positive values in him.

As parents, we hope to set our kids in a nurturing environment for them to adapt and grow. Helping out with household chores offers the setting to develop their character and teach them positive values and attitude. In simple ways, they are gradually filling up their character banks to make them more wholesome. All in our bid to raise world-ready children to take on the future world!

Do you involve your children in household chores? Share with us how your little ones are helping out!