ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

“Spin Your Kids Around”

Updated on June 4, 2014
Image courtesy of photostock/freedigitalphotos.net
Image courtesy of photostock/freedigitalphotos.net

Kids love to spin in circles. They love playing “Ring around the Rosy” and if there is no one else to play with, just spinning around all by themselves--the faster, the better. Love of spinning seems to come naturally. Have you ever wondered why? Typically, parents are worried that their children will get too dizzy and hurt themselves, but experts from several different fields are now telling parents to encourage their children to spin. There are solid scientific reasons for this.


Spinning develops the vestibular system.

The vestibular apparatus is the inner ear and its connection to the brain through tiny hairs that are moved by the liquid in the inner ear. This allows the brain to control the body’s balance. It has three functions: 1. Enabling the person to feel the sensation of motion and spatial orientation, 2. Prompting the nervous system to adjust muscle motion to keep the body in an upright position, and 3. Controlling the eyes as the head moves. (1)

Your child’s brain is constantly refining its ability to quickly get your child re-balanced after getting off balance. Spinning seems to enable the brain to accomplish this naturally by trial and error. The experts recommend that you encourage your child to spin, but explain the right way to spin. Who knew that there was a right or wrong way to do what kids have been doing for millennia? Nevertheless, those in the know tell us that our children need to spin in one direction until they are a little dizzy, pause to get reoriented, then spin in the opposite direction. This pause between spins lets the brain build a repertoire of ways to restore balance.

Researchers did a spinning experiment with babies ages three to thirteen months and discovered that not only did the infants love being spun, but after 16 spinning sessions (four per week for four weeks), they showed advanced development in their gross motor skills (sitting crawling, standing and walking) compared to two control groups. Moreover, their reflexes also improved significantly. For more details, see link (2) below. This surprising result gives us insight into how spinning positively affects not only balance, but brain-muscle responses and speed of motor development.



Spinning enhances memory.


Educators have discovered that spinning has a direct and immediate effect on memory. “Spinning until dizzy in the direction of the dominant hand (the one used for writing) has been shown to improve memory.” (4) This was demonstrated in the classroom. The study highlighted both a Title I teacher of at-risk students and a kindergarten teacher who had their students spin immediately after practicing sight and early reading words. These children consistently had measurable improvement in word recall after spinning.

Parents have also tried having their children spin until dizzy after studying spelling words. The results were a significant improvement in grades on the spelling tests. According to Teacher-Support-Force.com, “Research indicates that three minutes of spinning could quadruple memory tracks among children!” (5) Children who are right-handed should spin only to the right, and children who are left-handed should spin only to the left when doing word-learning activities like these.


image courtesy of Microsoft stock photos
image courtesy of Microsoft stock photos

Spinning is your child’s reset button.

When children get emotionally out of sync, spinning in circles seems to act like the reset button on a computer and reboot them. Spinning somehow restores self-regulation and improves focus. So, we can see why dancing, which often involves spinning, seems to relax and sharpen awareness in both adults and children. Shelly Birger Phillips, M.A. Psychology, who has worked with the Montesori School says, “If your child is having trouble with focus or emotion regulation, try encouraging movements like spinning and swinging and you’ll notice a huge change...At Montessori school, we used the swings to help kids focus at least several times a week.”(3)


Rock Around
Rock Around
Sit & Spin Toy
Sit & Spin Toy | Source

An offshoot of spinning is “rocking.”

This type of rocking is done either while sitting in a Bilobo or a Rock Around or standing on a Spooner Board, all three of which both rock and spin, requiring your child to keep catching and correcting his or her balance. Kids love these unique toys! They keep trying until they master the motions, but love the surprise of almost losing their balance. Meanwhile, in their brains, their vesticular system is teaching them how to judge spatial orientation. Spinning and rocking also help children develop quick reflexes.


Safe, Fun Spinning Toys.

With the new toys that are available today, there are safe ways to let your child spin and reap these benefits: Let your child test out “Sit and Spin” toys and spinning swings. As the experts suggest, for balance and general play, the children should spin one direction until dizzy, rest until their balance seems to come back, then spin in the other direction.

Spinning Swing
Spinning Swing
Spinning in a Bilobo
Spinning in a Bilobo
Spooner Boards
Spooner Boards | Source

To find these toys—and lots more—Go to the “PARENTS' STUFF” AMAZON STORE.

Parents’ Stuff carries great “stuff” for your kids—everything from toys to educational games to outdoor swing sets.

Just click on http://astore.amazon.com/parentsstuff-astore-20,

Then click on the “Sit & Spin Toys” category to see the selection of spinning and rocking toys.


Article Web Links:

(1) http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/h&b/textbook/chap-7.html

(2) http://stellarcaterpillar.com/2011/08/20/vestibular-stimulation-benefits-motor-skill-development-in-babies/

(3) http://www.awakeparent.com/Shelly/spinning-swinging-for-focus-emotion-regulation/

(4) http://www.teacher-support-force.com/memory-improvement-exercises.html

(5) http://www.teacher-support-force.com/memory-improvement-exercises.html

Share what YOU think!

How often do your kids spin?

Remember how it felt to spin around when you were a child? Do you actively encourage your children to spin or would you rather they didn't? Share your opinion with us.

Are you thinking about trying the one-directional spinning to help your children remember their spelling words? This activity will have your kids begging to study for their spelling tests!

Do you feel that spinning might make a difference for your children? How?

Tweet your friends for their opinion: http://proactiveparents.hubpages.com/hub/spin-your-kids-around

Rate these Toys!

Cast your vote for Spinning and Rocking Toys

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)