Brain Gym

Are you struggling to concentrate? Take a 5 minute break from your home learning and try one of the activities below. They are designed to “wake up” your brain and boost your concentration. Why not get the whole family involved?

Let us know how you got on at enrichment@starbank.bham.sch.uk

Fingers and Thumbs

Can you try a challenge from Mr Walker? Hold out your hands in front of you and make fists…..

  • Stand up your thumb on your left hand and stick out your little finger on your right hand.
  • Now stand up your thumb on your right hand and stick out your little finger on your left hand.
  • Keep swapping these with out moving any other fingers.

How fast can you get?

Demo

Figure 8

Here’s a challenge from Mrs Donohoe.

  • Point your finger out in front of you.
  • Draw a large sideways figure of 8 in the air.
  • Follow your finger with your eyes and make sure the figure 8 crosses over both sides of your body. 
  • Now try the same with the other hand.

This will help link the right side of your brain with the left side of your body and vice versa. 

Unlocking Ears

Why not try this challenge from Mr Tonks?

  • Close your eyes and breathe slowly
  • Using the thumb and index finger of both hands to gently pull and unroll the outer part of the ear, starting from the top and slowly moving to the lobe.
  • Repeat the movement 3 times or more.
  • Remember to start from the top.
  • This will relax you and allow you to concentrate.

Brain Buttons

Can you try a challenge from Mrs Alcock?

  • Gently press on your “brain buttons” with your thumb and first finger of one hand. Your brain buttons are located in the soft spot under your collar bone.
  • Next place your first finger and middle finger of your other hand over your navel (belly button).
  • As you press gently, move your eyes (not your head) slowly up and down, e.g. tracking where the ceiling meets the wall to where the floor meets the wall, then left to right and right to left.
  • Rest your tongue against the roof of your mouth and think of something nice.

 

Hook Ups

Here’s a challenge from Ms Eccles….

  • Extend your arms out in front of you and cross them over at your wrists.
  • Link up your fingers and bring your hands upwards to your chest.
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply.

This will help you to relax, focus and concentrate

Finger Taps

Why not try this challenge from Mr Wiles?

  • Put your hands out in front of you.
  • Join your fingers together to make a tent.
  • One at a time, tap each pair of fingers together.
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply. 

Once you’ve mastered this, try creating a pattern of finger taps e.g. thumbs, little fingers, first finger, middle finger.