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Energize Your Brain With Fun Family Games for the Holidays

Energize Your Brain With Fun Family Games for the Holidays
When it comes to kids and horsing around, playtime is also learning time. Why not use family holiday time for building brain power and teaching mind-body communication to your children?

Brain games help your child access her full potential. Regardless of learning style, every child can tap into his own brain’s magnificent resources through mind-body activity, also known as Brain Education.

During childhood, children learn and develop through every activity, whether it is academic, recreational or social. These brain games help children connect their mind to their body experientially and have a fun time too. When your child is learning by doing rather than from a book or lecture, they are able to absorb and integrate the information much more easily and effectively.

Whether you have a straight-A or struggling student, take a holiday break this Thanksgiving and call your family together for these fun and energetic brain games.

Brain-tastic Brain-nastics

Family gatherings are a time to break out of the rut and exercise some new muscles, including some of the under-used parts of our brain.

Our brains control every movement we make, from a bent finger to the curve of a smile. And every movement is signaled by a specific part of our brain.

We have an established pattern, or wiring, in our daily lives. From brushing our teeth to flipping on a light switch to starting the car, we repeat the same motions all the time. This means we are stimulating the same parts of the brain over and over again. We need to vary our repetitive motions to wake up give neglected areas of our brain a workout.

These movement exercises are designed to stimulate areas of the brain we rarely use in our daily lives. It will help improve left and right brain coordination and keep your brain elastic and flexible.

  • Stand in a circle.
  • Choose a call leader to keep count and call out when it’s time to switch.
  • Begin by placing both hands on your chest, with one hand in a fist and the other open. With the open hand, rub your chest up and down. Simultaneously, tap on your chest with your fisted hand.
  • Repeat ten times then switch hands again.
  • Next, draw a circle in the air with your left hand while simultaneously drawing a triangle with your right hand.
  • Next, draw a square with your left hand and draw a reverse triangle with your right.
  • Alternate hands and repeat the steps above.
  • The leader can call our “switch!” at any time during the circle and triangle ‘drawing,’ making the game more fun and stimulating.
  • Bursts of giggles are definitely allowed.

Clapping Game

Similar to the ‘pattycake’ game, this clapping game develops concentration and a sense of rhythm in children.

  • Have your children pair up and sit on the floor facing each other
  • Clap once in front of your chest and once on the floor
  • Clap your hands once in front of your chest, and then twice on the floor
  • Clap once again in front of your chest, and then three times on the floor
  • Now clap once in front of the chest, and twice on the floor
  • And again, clap once in front of the chest and once on the floor
  • Continue to follow the 1-2-3-2-1-2-3-2-1 sequence of clapping, seeing how long you can maintain the rhythm. To add a challenge, try slowly increasing the speed.

As an alternative, clap each other’s palms instead of the floor during the sequence. You can also make your own sequence or add a third element like bouncing a ball once or twice before clapping.

Written by Kim Alyce Steffgen
With a background in journalism and marketing communications, Kim's wordsmithing reflects a love of language that brings spice to many ads, articles, banners, and videos. To that spice she adds her passion for herbs, plants and alternative health.
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luv it; not real good at it (yet) - but having fun!
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I love playing these games. They are so much fun, it will make you LOL.
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Yes! You will have so much fun using these activities my family still can't get it right, which makes it much more LOL!
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Yes! And, we can never have too much LOL in our lives, can we, Ann?
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