brain breaks, busy bodies

Lately, I have heard lots of buzz about brain breaks. They not only get kids moving and engaged, but also give their heads a moment of rest from school work.

Just some ideas:

1) Get up and do a dance with specific moves. Ex. the Cha-Cha slide (the video below has awesome actions in time with the song!) or something simple like the Hokey Pokey.

2) Seasonal-themed ideas.

-Winter
Children jump from side to side and imitate a skier doing a slalom motion.
Children build an imaginary snowman.
Children sit in a line on the floor and pretend they are on a toboggan.

-Spring
Children crouch low and are seeds, ‘water’ them and they can grow slowly and spread their ‘petals’ (arms) out.

-Summer

-Autumn
Children can spin around like leaves falling like trees (be careful not to hit anything, you need proficient space)

3) Using everyday, classroom materials
Jump over a ruler without touching it
Balance a pencil/marker/pen on your nose

Have a binder filled with ideas that you can pull out anytime you have a wiggly class! Five or ten minutes is great to get them back on track – and have fun!

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