These are some of my favorite brain break activities for the entire school year. Movement Activities and Brain Breaks for PreK-5th Grade.
FAVORITE BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITIES
Looking for some fun ways to connect movement with learning? Need a brain break that also helps your children learn their ABCs? To Count? To Sing? To Just get the wiggles out?
My list of favorite brain break activities will be perfect for you to use in your classroom.
I think that these brain breaks are perfect for your children! They’ll have them moving and learning at the same time.
And since most teachers use a variety of activities to not only teach concepts, but to give children a chance to move, there’s a need for effective and fun brain breaks.
WHY BRAIN BREAKS ARE IMPORTANT
Do you use brain breaks? If you do, here’s some interactive learning activities you’ll want to try.
Brain breaks are a great way to keep kids focused and have fun.
These are brain breaks you can use throughout the school year.
Whether it’s a learning movement song, or an exercise activity, these brain breaks can make a big difference in how your students perform during the school day and overall.
Think of it this way- if you are working on your lesson plans and you have to do it all day without a break, how will that feel?
But, if you take a bathroom break, a lunch break, a walking break, a chat break- then you’re giving your brain a bit of time away from the task.
I’ve always found I come back more energized and focused after a break.
Kids seem to always be moving and brain breaks helps channel that movement.
Movement has been shown to increase brain connections which increases learning.
BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITY TIPS
Be sure to set clear expectations on where students should move and how. Meaning, if you want them to run around the room or stay in a spot. Can they do it with friends or stay in their spot?
You may want to come up with a routine of when you’ll use more “action” type activities. Depending on your schedule, you can use brain breaks throughout your day.
- Morning Meeting “Hello Action Song”
- Morning Work Break ABC DANCE
- Afternoon Circle Time Action Song of the month or song that connects with your science activities.
- Mid afternoon Work Break DANCE or EXERCISE Brain Break
CREATE A PLAYLIST
- Create a YouTube playlist of your “go to” activities.
- Write the brain breaks into the daily schedule with links to videos.
- Create and insert these activities into a google slides document so that you have immediate access without the ads!
Great! I’ve organized my favorite brain break activities into some different categories that you may want to use to organize your slides and lesson plans.
So let’s get to the favorite brain break activities!
LEARNING BRAIN BREAKS
Not only are there video links here, but resources you can purchase and print for home and school use.
ABC BRAIN BREAKS
Looking for a way to connect movement and learning?
ABC say and move activities are short videos that have the students copy back the letters of the alphabet.
We have many versions of this activity-here are my 2 favorites!
COUNT TO 10 SONG
GERMS AND HAND WASHING SONG
COUNT AND MOVE ACTIVITIES
SPACE ALIEN COUNT TO 10
ARCTIC ANIMALS COUNT 1-30
SEASONAL BRAIN BREAKS
THE REINDEER POKEY
WINTER- SNOWBALLS HERE, THERE
ARCTIC ANIMAL MOVE AND FREEZE
VALENTINE’S DAY FREEZE
ST. PATRICK’S DAY- LEPRECHAUN BEAT
FREEZE AND MOVE ACTIVITIES
DINOSAUR FREEZE AND MOVE
OCEAN FREEZE AND MOVE
EXERCISE BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITIES
MOVE YOUR BODY
SPACE ALIEN RUN GAME
SPACE ALIEN EXERCISE GAME WOULD YOU RATHER?
DANCING BRAIN BREAKS
LET’S BUILD A SNOWMAN
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE
SINGING BRAIN BREAKS
SONG OF THE MONTH OF JANUARY
COME ON DOWN TO THE BARNYARD DANCE
HOP LITTLE BUNNY ACTION SONG
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
MOTHER’S DAY IS JUST FOR YOU
I’LL AWAYS REMEMBER YOU (END OF YEAR SONG)
SINGING, MOVING, LEARNING BRAIN BREAKS
FARM ANIMAL SONG “What Do the Farm Animals Say?”
DANCE TO THE FOUR SEASONS
PAIR MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES WITH THESE LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Creative Movement Activities Bundle: Bands, Scarves, Parachutes, Bean Bags$36.50
Bean Bag Activity Songs, Brain Breaks, Team Building, Mp3 Tracks and Video$8.50
Animal Moves Brain Break, Movement Game| Interactive Google Slides$3.50
Animal Movement Activity Song: “I Want to Move Like an Animal” Video, Mp3 Tracks$3.50
Halloween Freeze Dance, Brain Breaks, Movement Activities$3.50
Elementary Brain Breaks and Games K-6$3.50
Elementary Brain Breaks, Games, Songs, Rules, and Manners Activities K-6 BUNDLE$16.50
Elementary Back to School songs, Name Games, and Chants with Mp3’s K-6$5.50
Elementary Classroom Songs and Chants: Line Up, Brain Breaks, Stretch, Gather$3.50
LINKS TO MORE BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITY IDEAS
- 10 KINDERGARTEN BRAIN BREAKS
- VALENTINE’S DAY MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES AND BRAIN BREAKS
- BRAIN BREAKS A NECESSARY TIME OUT FOR TEACHERS
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BRAIN BREAKS AND TRANSITION ACTIVITIES
- MOVEMENT BREAKS WITH ANIMAL FRIENDS
Here at Sing Play Create we’re working to bring you interactive resources you can easily use in your classroom.
Please check out the Sing Play Create YouTube Channel with over 100 videos of activities.
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