Some parents with older children have asked me what are some right brain activities they could do with their older children, especially children beyond those critical first 6 years. The common concern is having missed the “potential” phase, however, even if you learned about right brain development late, you can still do a number of things to help your child bring out their right brain potential. In fact, you can also do the same activities for yourself. Yumiko Tobitani stated that it is never too late to begin right brain training, merely that the older you get the harder you have to work to see results.
1. Right Brain School
If you have access to a right brain school and they accept older students, then it is still not to late to start. Although it is ideal to start as early as possible, Ruiko Henmi reported that older children have also had very positive feedback from the program despite starting late.
2. Shichida/Heguru/TweedleWink Right Brain Activities
There are also a lot of the activities that are done in right brain classes that can also be done with older children at home, such as linking memory, space memory, mandala patterns, imaging, and eye training. Right Brain Kids’ Wink program covers most of these activities if you are looking for an easy source for materials. You can also join us on the Right Brain Child to learn more about these activities, how to practice them at home, and to download our resources.
3. Puzzle Games
If you have a Nintendo Wii, try looking for Big Brain Academy. Not only is it fun, but I believe some of the activities on that game are great right brain activities. If your grey matter is feeling a bit sluggish, you can also play it with your children to sharpen your own brain.
If you don’t have the Nintendo Wii, there is a site called Lumosity that offer similar brain sharpening games. Lumosity might be a bit advanced for the younger children, but certainly if you have older children, they would definitely benefit from a program like this. Lumosity has a lot of activities that are not only great for brain development, but they can also help you improve your brain function. With performance tracking, your children can compare how they are progressing over time, and against others to see how they stack up against other individuals at their age. Lumosity games are fun, and because they have a large variety, your child won’t easily get bored from having to play the same game over and over. Lumosity offers even more activities than Big Brain Academy.
A couple of nights back, I was flipping through the book “Beyond Magic Eye: Improve Your Vision” and rereading some of the benefits of Magic Eye books. Many of these benefits coincide with right brain functions such as accelerated learning, speed reading, and intuition. Yumiko Tobitani has also used stereograms (Magic Eye pictures) in her book “Quantum Speed Reading” for developing the right brain and the Quantum Speed Reading ability. So dig out those old Magic Eye books and practice looking at them with your older children. (Magic Eye books are not so appropriate for younger children because they may not understand what they need to do to see the picture.)
This has always been the fundamental activity for all early child development programs, and so it would appear, for right brain development, too. That’s not all, the benefits of reading continue regardless of how old you are. According to Ryuta Kawashima, if you read aloud, you activate more areas of your brain than many other activities, including solving difficult Math problems, reading silently, and thinking. Reading out loud is an easy way to train your brain.