Whether your children are in a traditional classroom, learning online, homeschooling, or using zoom for school, young kids need a break from sitting for prolonged periods of time. No matter how engaging technology can be, kids get antsy and need to move their little bodies. We’ve created these fun and free printable Brain Breaks for kids to make getting the wiggles out during school FUN! These are super handy for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students.
Brain Breaks for Kids
As parents we know the kids have trouble sitting still for any amount of time. Classroom teachers know this too, kids actually focus better and learn more when they get stretch breaks to move their bodies, get the blood flowing, and allow their minds to take a break. These super cute, fun, and free printable brain breaks for kids are a great way to balance the need preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade kids have to move with their need to sit still and learn.
In addition, with many families homeschooling, learning online, or other school at home options kids need parents to understand this more than ever. So…. I’ve created these brain breaks to sprinkle throughout your school day to help make sure kids get up and move throughout the day!
What is a Brain Break
So how many breaks should kids take from their school work? According to this article in the New York Times, if kids take a 3-5 minute break, their brains are optimized to learn for the next 45 minutes! So allowing kids to get up, stretch, and clear their minds is not only good for their bodies, but helps them to focus better on their school work. Win, Win!
Brain Breaks for Kids at Home
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I suggest printing in color on cardstock for durability – but use what you have on hand!
Brain Break Ideas
We’ve created several free printable brain breaks to give you just what you need to help your child thrive in as you learn at home! These brain break cards include lots of brain break ideas for home, fun simple movements that work for your whole family from toddlers through high school. Use these brain breaks at home so kids move by doing over 50 different physical activities such as a stretch, do push-up, jumping jacks, etc.
Brain Break Activities
Put your cards on a c clip, ring, or in a pile. Set your kitchen time or phone for 45-60 minutes from now. When it rings, pick the next random card for at home brain breaks and all your children will get up and do the action together. This is also the time when they should be encouraged to go to the bathroom and get a drink if needed. By doing breaks all together you will minimize distractions and disruptions during your focused learning.
Brain Breaks for Kindergarten
These brain break games are especially popular with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, junior high, and even high school students. Even adults are told that they should take breaks from using the computer to get up, move around. This gets blood flowing, prevents eye strain, hunched shoulders, wrist / elbow injuries, and gaining excess weight from developing a sedentary lifestyle.
Brain Breaks for Children
No matter which of these you choose to use, I’m sure they will help you be successful teaching your child at home. And most importantly, yours kids will learn and have fun. They will look back at this time as fun break in routine!
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