Brain Breaks or Ways to Encourage Children to Refocus in a Fast-paced World

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Brain Breaks
Or Ways to Encourage Students to Refocus in a Fast-paced World

Brain Breaks is a BUZZ word that recently surfaced among educators, but in my day about 34 years ago when I entered the teaching world, they were “things to do when your class demonstrated that they needed a BREAK!”

Here is a cute quick story to support the research: One day after a “Brain Break Activity,” I said to the class, “Wow, you are really on target today, everyone is working, focused and doing their best! Way to Go!” A little girl raised her hand and said, “ It must be the activity we did for our “Brain Break.” It made me feel ready to to work again!”

We can ALL use a Brain Break. I sit at the computer too long and I NEED to get up and move or do something else for a bit before “getting back to work!”

With that being said, I have collected a few ideas that I have used over the years to give my “kiddos” a Brain Break or a way to move around before refocusing to the task at hand. I have included 24 ideas on cards that can be cut a part and stored on a ring somewhere in your classroom for fast reference. I used to hang them on my easel by my “teacher chair” on the rug. They range from movement, to sensory to relaxing ideas and most, if not all, are tried and true by the enthusiasm of my students!

A few quickies that are not listed on the cards can be found below:

Come to circle and share what you liked about the day so far.
Share which station or center you felt was the hardest easiest and why.(these can be done whole group or turn and share etc).
Share your plan for tomorrow when you are working: what would you do differently, what worked, what didn’t work, what will you change? etc.
Who did you work with today and what did you do?
What is your high point of the day so far. Do you have any low points? Explain your thinking.
Sky writing words in the sky is always a good break.
Snack and a drink will work, too.
Partner write or draw on your partners back and see if you can guess what your partner drew.
Run, skip, hop in place.
Turn and talk to your partner about the day in a silly voice or the teacher can dictate the voice…mouse voice, baby voice, monster voice etc.
Dance Party to favorite music…everybody dance!
Check out what is in the packet and your class will sure to have fun during Brain Breaks and be ready to learn! Thank you for browsing or downloading and I hope this brings a little sunshine to your day!
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