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Cross movements [2]

Short description

Simple crossover movements to activate the brain


Motor skillsConcentration & Working Memory

Group size



10 minutes



Goal of this exercise is improving

  • Concentration

  • Working memory

Crossing movements from left to right and right to left at the same time is a complicated task for the brain, it improves communication between the cerebral hemispheres and thus promotes concentration and working memory.


This exercise uses crossing movements.

It is best for the teacher to demonstrate the exercise slowly (!), as just describing the process is difficult to understand.

1.Start with a simple big crossing movement: lift the left knee and at the same time grab the nose with the right hand, then lift the right leg and grab the nose with the left hand. Start slowly and then accelerate.

2.Now both hands grasp, one hand grasps the opposite ear and the other hand grasps the nose, then vice versa. The hand that reaches the nose should always be on the inside.

3.Next, one hand touches the chest evenly while the other hand circles overhead, and vice versa.


  • When grasping the left ear, a step to the right side should be made at the same time and vice versa.

  • When touching the chest with the left hand, a step to the right should be taken at the same time and vice versa.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness


Learning Fundamentals

Intrinsic learning and self-organization

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