Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Brain Exercises for Children

The mind is a beautiful thing - especially a child's mind. The following article by Sarah J Holt explores a variety of ways to exercise a child's brain so they will develop better learning skills. It wouldn't hurt the adults either. Enjoy the article.

As children are growing up they are developing thinking, as well as behavioral, patterns. Using these 6 brain exercises for children is one way to help them develop these skills for better functioning and mental abilities for life.

Word Searches/Crosswords

They make many books for kids that contain word searches and crosswords. These are great activities for children to exercise their brains by using the focus and thinking that they require. Crossword puzzles are also a great family activity, where one person can read off the clue and tell how many letters are involved and everyone else can guess.

Memory Exercises

Working with memory exercises can be one of the easiest brain exercises for children, since it can be done in the car while driving or almost anywhere else. Starting when they are young we naturally do these exercises by teaching them how to spell their names, and what their phone numbers and addresses are. We can expand on this by having them work on remembering poems, songs, and the names from family trees.

Memorizing helps children use their brain to focus and retain the information. It also is a very useful skill since a lot of education is based on memorizing, such as learning the number facts for math or learning a list of spelling words.

Obstacle Courses For The Brain

We all have heard of obstacle courses that require physical exercises, but we can also set up ones that include brain exercises for children. An obstacle course for the brain can combine both physical and brain exercises, or focus exclusively on the latter. You can make stations along a physical obstacle course where they can only proceed to the next station after they complete a mental task, such as a short crossword puzzle or word problem. You can also set it up where they have stations throughout the house where they have to complete a series of mental tasks all lined up along the floor or a table.

Write Or Draw Left-Handed (Or Right-Handed)

A great way to exercise the brain is to use the non-dominant hand for writing or drawing. This can be fun to see who can tell what was written or drawn afterwards. Another option is to draw a picture where one-half is done with the dominant hand and then afterwards it is copied onto the other half by the non-dominant hand. These are brain exercises for children that encourage both sides of their brain to work together.

While brain exercises for children can be simple and fun the payoffs can be huge. By using these brain exercises the children are learning to exercise an important part of the body.

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  1. Now that I've officially reached the "where the heck did I put my keys?" stage of life, this sort of thing has become of great interest to me. You're right, though, it's not a bad idea at all to introduce these concepts to children while their brains are still developing.

    Another great tactic for child brain devlopment, in my opinion, is learning a musical instrument. There's so much mind and body stimulation involved in that. It's truly a shame so many music programs are getting cut in schools.

    All the best,

    Jon Bard
    Managing Editor
    Children's Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children's Writers -
    The Children's Writing Web Journal -

  2. Hi Jon,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm at that "where are my keys" stage myself.

    Music and children seem to be a natural. Watching my grandkids pick up rhythm and beats in an "easy as pie" manner can be mind boggling. I do love your web site and visit it often.

    Stop by again when you can.


  3. Thanks for the ideas on brain exercises children.

    We recently wrote an article on brain stimulation on Brain Blogger.There are so many ways to improve cognition, memory, and brain power — from eating celery to meditation. In this article we review a number of ways to get results.

    We would like to read your comments on our article. Thank you.


  4. Great Kelly,
    I will check it out.

  5. Dear Carma,

    Thanks for sharing ideas on how to help our child exercising their brain. These brain exercises are suitable for adults too especially the crosswords and writing using non-dominant hand. I read an article some time ago that we actually are encouraged to spend a little of our spare time just practicing writing using non-dominant hand, will be able to improve our memory tremendously.

  6. Rosabel, I had heard the same thing. Yes it is important to exercise our brains because it is a muscle. Thanks for stopping by.