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7 brain exercises for children

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Here are a list of seven brain exercises that would help children be smarter and more activity:

Note: Begin the exercises only after consuming a glass of water

1. Brain buttons: Stand erect. Fold your fingers into a 'C' and massage your chest while the other hand is placed above the navel. This enhances the child's blood circulation, thereby ensuring that the child concentrates better.

2. Cross crawl: Stand erect. Lift your right knee and touch the your knee to your left elbow and vice versa. The improves the child's brain activity.

3. Hook- ups: Child will sit on a chair and cross ankles, then extend both arms in front, crossing one wrist over the other, interlacing fingers and drawing clasp hands up toward chest. Child will hold position for 1 minute while breathing slowly, touching the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth and relaxing it during exhalation.

4. Lazy 8: Students draw a sideways 8 or infinity symbol in the air with their thumb up. The students have to focus on their thumbnail. At eye level, the 8 is drawn counter-clockwise on the left side first (up, over, and across), and then clockwise on the right side. Students will then switch hands and move in the same pattern.This exercise encourages the coordination of the eyes for crossing the visual mid-line without interruption, thus building eye-movement skills within the left, right, and central visual fields. This exercise may improve depth perception, the mechanics of reading, reading comprehension, symbol direction, and hand-eye coordination. Do it about 10-20 times on each arm.

5. Thinking cap: Use the thump and index finger and gently stretch certain parts of the ears. Do this repetitively. This helps to improve one's memory.

6. Elephant Trunk: Stand erect. Hold your hand against your ear (resembling the elephant's trunk). Draw an infinity sign with the arm. Follow the movement of the hand. This stimulates brain activity.

7. With pencils and paper: Use two pencils of the same dimensions to sketch an image. This will trigger both sides of the brain.

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