Summit County: ‘Dancing Eyeballs’ enhance children’s vision & awareness |

Summit County: ‘Dancing Eyeballs’ enhance children’s vision & awareness

Scott Lieblerspecial to the daily

Take a few minutes to encourage your children to exercise their eyes, and you will improve their visual capabilities and spatial awareness. Moving the eyes consciously up and down, side to side and round and round helps release eye muscle strain and improve visual coordination and circulation of blood and energy throughout the brain.

1. Direct your children to keep their head still and look up then down as well as side to side as slowly as possible. 2. Have them move them round and round in circles. If you have a good old-fashioned clock, you can have them follow the numbers and repeat them slowly.

1. Shine a flashlight on the ceiling or the wall and have children follow the light with their eyes. 2. Move the light at different speeds and in multiple directions.

1. Have children keep their heads still and look to the right then left, as far as they can.2. Keep scanning and have them look as far as they can while identifying what they see.3. Near to Far – Have them look at something close to them and then gradually scan everything that stretches into a distance.4. Scan the trees – Have children stand at the bottom of a tree and slowly scan it from bottom to top. Star Gazing and Cloud Watching – One of the most calming and visually stimulating activities you can do with children as well as yourself, is to lay down outside and look up at the stars or clouds. The sky can be a world of wonder for the imagination and visual ecstasy for the eyes. Do not deprive your children of the world’s magical paint brush, but wear your sunglasses!Practice these activities frequently with your children and you will see their eyes brighten and increased alertness as they keep moving and improving!Scott Liebler is the founder of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Summit Head Start, Early Childhood Options and funded by the Summit Foundation. For more information on this program, call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail

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