Give your toddler a crayon or pencil and ask him to scribble a continuous line on a large piece of paper. Look at the “big doodle" and point out the many shapes made where the lines cross. Ask him to color each shape he sees with a different crayon.
Coloring within the lines trains the child’s eye-hand coordination, explains Mila De Leus-Bascon, preschool coordinator and infant-toddler development program educator at Community of Learners School for Children in Quezon City.
Simple games like Peek-a-boo, Simon Says, and Follow the Leader are classic games, which are important for “growing” the brain. “With these, you’re throwing a boost in the child’s fine motor skills, vocabulary, observation, and listening skills,” she adds.
Brain research says: Small muscle (or fine motor) exercises stimulate brain growth and development. Finger and hand movements have positive effects on the brain.
Leticia Peñano-Ho, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and neurotherapist, PsychPros, Inc., Xanland tower, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Mila De Leus-Bascon, preschool coordinator and Infant-Toddler Development Program educator, Community of Learners School for Children, New Manila, Quezon City
Brain Games by Jane Kemp, Claire Walters, and Dr. Dorothy Einon