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Favorite Brain Break Activities

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.

For example;

  • 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

Get the Google Slides Brain Break Organizer FREE RESOURCE HERE

  • 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!

Got it?

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.

ELEMENTARY BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITIES RESOURCE

Elementary Brain Breaks, Games, Songs, Chants Rules BUNDLE

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!

ANIMAL ABC’S

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

PENGUIN DANCE

VALENTINE’S DAY FREEZE

HALLOWEEN FREEZE

DECEMBER-REINDEER BEAT

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

SNOWMAN DANCE

VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE

SPRINGTIME DANCE

HALLOWEEN DANCE

SINGING BRAIN BREAKS

HELLO SONG

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

ALPHABET SONG

PAIR MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES WITH THESE LEARNING ACTIVITIES

LINKS TO MORE BRAIN BREAK ACTIVITY IDEAS

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