Creating your own right brain materials is time consuming and tedious. If you’re like me, you probably prefer to buy the materials rather than make them yourself, especially if you’re a working parent with limited time to spend with your children. The last thing you want to do is to make right brain materials when you could be spending time with your kids. Even as a SAHM, I find the only time I really have to make materials are when the kids are asleep. If I fall asleep with them instead of staying up, I’m already behind schedule.
So what are the alternatives?
You could purchase right brain materials. Sourcing ready-made activities can be tricky but there are retailers that sell packages which you can use with your child at home. Depending on which part of the world you live in, getting hold of these materials can be difficult and expensive.
Part of the reason why I wanted to learn more about right brain was to understand the motivation for doing specific activities. By understanding the goal, perhaps we can find alternative activities our children can do which achieve the same end. I try to look for right brain activities in the daily activities that my children are already engaged in and modify them as necessary. For example, one activity Gavin enjoys is “going to Thomas Land”. When I’m trying to get him to wind down before sleep, I suggest that we take a journey to the magical island of Sodor. Gavin will close his eyes and picture the images to the story I tell him. If you read my earlier posts on right brain activities, you’ll realise that this is effectively imaging.
Right Brain Games
The other thing I try to do is use the toys we already have or ones are easily bought from any regular toy store. Here are some simple toys that can be used to develop the right brain:
- Constructing Lego designs trains imaging.
- Creating your own constructions develops creativity.
- Trains right brain imaging as it is necessary to be able to see how each pieces fits into the bigger picture.
- Can be used in a similar way to tangrams to create pictures which help to develop creativity.
- Copying patterns helps to develop imaging.
- By eliminating the use of clues, you can use it as a game to help develop ESP.
5. Battle Ship
- Similarly, this board game can also be used to help develop ESP.
6. Guess Who
- Again, by eliminating the use of clues, this game can be played as an ESP game.
These are just some examples of activities and games that can be played to engage the right brain. I’m sure you can think of more. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.