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
Book for Toddler Years by Adrienne Popper
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