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Baby Brain Booster: Doodling with CrayonsAdd some color to your child's playtime activities to hone his hand-eye coordination and sharpen his fine motor skills, vocabulary, observation and listening skills.
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.
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- 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
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