Immediately after birth, parents begin to think about the comprehensive development of their baby. Children’s educational toys are a great way to teach your child the right skills. But a large assortment makes it difficult for parents to choose, and unscrupulous manufacturers write the word “developing” on everything. We want to tell you about a toy that many children’s teachers recommend for development — this is an interhemispheric board (mirror board).
What is an interhemispheric board
This is an educational toy for training both hemispheres of the child’s brain. It is a wooden field with a spiral along which the child, with the help of chips with both hands, simultaneously passes from one end to the other.
What are the benefits of mirror boards for children
In the first years of a baby’s life, the basic personality traits are laid, motor skills and thinking skills develop. An important aspect that forms the intelligence of the baby is interhemispheric interaction.
The right hemisphere is responsible for creative thinking and imaginative perception, while the left hemisphere helps to analyze images, find differences and similarities.
If interhemispheric interaction is not sufficiently developed, a full-fledged exchange of information does not occur between the hemispheres. As a result:
— reduced ability to learn;
— there are difficulties with solving logical problems;
— concentration decreases.
To establish communication between the hemispheres, it is necessary to develop motor skills and coordination of movements. To do this, it is effective to use an interhemispheric board. Performing exercises simultaneously with both hands, you can achieve synchronous work of both hemispheres of the brain. And this has a positive effect on the development of thinking, memory, attention, imagination and speech. In addition, fine motor skills, coordination, mental activity are stimulated, perseverance and independence are formed.
Types of interhemispheric boards
According to the type of construction, two types of boards can be distinguished:
1. One-piece with symmetrical spirals:
— boards only with cut out internal spirals;
— in addition to the internal spiral, on the reverse side we supplemented the boards with convex labyrinths.
2. With replaceable blocks. Spirals of various shapes are carved on the blocks.
The second option is preferable, as it allows you to use more exercises. You can gradually complicate the mazes, as well as make them different for each hand.
By the type of labyrinths, we also have two types:
— With an internal labyrinth.
— With a convex labyrinth.
Both types are equally convenient and useful. A convex spiral can be driven with chalk, which is also an effective way to develop motor skills.
The labyrinths themselves also differ from each other in their complexity. If you are just introducing your baby to the interhemispheric board, we recommend starting with a round or square spiral. Then you can already move on to more complex types of spirals.
How to use the interhemispheric board
Our kits, along with the board, include not only two chips, but also inserts and methodological material with a list of exercises.
First, the child takes one chip, inserts it at the beginning of the maze and goes through it to the end. After that, you can add a second chip and hold with both hands at the same time. Thus, both hemispheres are included in the work and their synchronization occurs.
We recommend to alternate the use of chips with the use of chalk. They need to drive through the convex part of the maze.
After the child learns to easily pass the mazes with both chips and chalk, you need to complicate the tasks.
We attach additional materials in the form of inserts (colored stripes, images of animals and their houses).
The colored stripes are used: the child leads the chips in a spiral and you give him a task: for example, stop near the green strip with his right hand, and with the left hand near the yellow one.
Images are used in the same way.: with one hand you need to stop at the dog, and with the other — at her house. It promotes concentration and improves brain function.
More options for exercises are in our methodological material.
What do we make interhemispheric boards from?
We make boards from plywood, and counters from solid wood. All our toys are well polished and do not have splinters. Wooden material gives the child a pleasant tactile sensation.
We recommend practicing with a mirror board daily for at least 15 minutes. This will bring invaluable benefits for the development of your child.