What to do with this activity?
The human brain is a fascinating subject for your child to know about. Our brain, to a large extent, makes us who we are in terms of personality. The brain sends messages to every part of the body - to wiggle a finger or shake a leg, for instance. Likewise, the body sends messages back to the brain - I'm too hot; that shoe is pinching my toes.
Find out lots of interesting facts about the human brain and how the brain works on this link from Easy Science for Kids.
The brain is divided into two halves and is sort of cross-wired - the left brain controls the right hand part of our body and the right brain controls the left hand side of our body. The two halves also have different functions - the left brain controls language and logical thinking while the right brain controls creative thinking. Of course, every one is different and brains are more complicated than that. It might be fun for you or your child to do a test to find out which side of your brain is dominant - are you more logical or creative ? Don't take the result too seriously though!
Why am I doing this?
Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!
How can I do more?
Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.
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