Cooperative Play Using the Double Doodle

Even perfect strangers can make beautiful art together using the Double Doodle activity from Brain Gym, as in the mural pics below. Here's what ten people from different cultures—each using their two hands in concert—created cooperatively. Any kind of media works...

The Beginnings of the Double Doodle

It was something I’d never done before . . . holding chalk in each hand to make a variety of shapes. We followed dot-to-dot patterns, drawing both up and down, toward and away from the midline. It was the early 1970s and I was attending an in-service taught by a...

A-Mazing Double Doodles!

Pen-and-pencil marks can often be a visual representation of stress. What's the antidote? For any age group, the Double Doodle offers a unique expression, and can also bring more ease and fluidity to drawing and writing. In examples of students' two-handed play on...

Belly Breathing

Our breathing provides a continuous rhythmic exchange between our lungs and the ocean of air that surrounds us. It is said that humans can live for 40 or more days without food and perhaps as many as 4 without water. However, without oxygen to the brain, we cannot...

Research Nugget: Sipping Water

In the Brain Gym program, since 1986, we’ve included drinking water as one of our key 26 activities. We're advocates of staying hydrated, as we find that it strengthens so many markers of vitality, attention, and memory. According to the Mayo Clinic(1), “water is your...

In the Loop: Lazy 8s and Creative Possibility

by Deborah Scott Studebaker  I love Lazy 8s! Tracing this simple, flowing infinity pattern connects the eyes to the hands to the hemispheres. As a poetry teacher, I have seen it encourage writers of all ages to release their ideas onto the page. As a Brain Gym...

Carla Hannaford

"The notion that intellectual activity    can somehow exist apart from our bodies is deeply rooted in our culture. It is related to the attitude that the things we do with our bodies, and the bodily functions,emotions, and sensations that sustain life, are lower, less...

Danny and the Birth of Brain Gym

Learning is about doing. Children become self-initiating learners when they connect or re-connect with the movement patterns that call them into action. As a reading teacher once indoctrinated in the idea that learning is a mental activity, I first wrestled with this...

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