ABOUT CHILD’S RIGHT AND LEFT BRAIN – Part III
Take time out and review Part II and then proceed to these ideas and activities:
JOINING THE RIGHT AND LEFT BRAIN (AGES 4 TO 10)
- Provide the child with finger paint paper along with a variety of colors of finger paint. Play music while he explores the finger paint encouraging him to make lines and shapes along to the music.
- Once the finger paint is dry, the child can use a black marker to create a drawing over the finger paint. Encourage him to find shapes and lines to connect together in creating a realistic finished drawing. Allow the child to work in silence while he’s finishing his drawing.
- After the child has completed his artwork, discuss the finished piece giving his frontal lobe and visual cortex a boost.
- No matter the age of the child, spend time looking at, discussing, and creating art.
*This will stimulate his frontal lobe, visual cortex, and help train his right and left-brain to work together.
LEFT- BRAIN (AGES 4 TO 7)
- Use various colors of construction paper to create a cut paper pattern collage, which boosts fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Before beginning a creative project, help by discussing the activity which helps the child think about the big picture. Talk about what a pattern is with the child and how they can be quite simple or challenging to create. Having him work quietly also boosts his left-brain thinking.
- Offer the child scissors, rulers, pencils and erasers to use, while creating his pattern collage appealing to his left-brain’s desire for order and linear creation.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS RIGHT- BRAIN (AGES 7 TO 10)
- Find a picture in a magazine the child finds interesting. Use a ruler to section off a 3 by 3-inch part of the image and then cut away the rest.
- Encourage the child’s right-brain to take over and make creative decisions through recreating the small section of the picture. When children are not sure of what they are drawing, sometimes the left-brain is tricked into thinking the activity is not worth the time and allows the right-brain to take charge.
- Instead of using a pencil to sketch out the drawing first, offer the child oil pastels for drawing along with a piece of drawing paper. Play music, while they are working and offer them support in creating their artwork as needed.