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. Brain breaks for kids are the solution with a specific activity for kids to get up and MOVE for a short burst of time. We’ve created these brain break cards that can be used by teachers or as brain breaks for kids at home. These brain break ideas for kids are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students.. Simply print the printable brain break cards pdf and you are ready to get those wiggles out!
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! These are perfect to use as and 1st grade brain breaks, and brain breaks for 2nd grade and brain breaks for 5th graders, and more!
Brain Break Cards
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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
I suggest printing in color on cardstock for durability – but use what you have on hand!
Brain Break ideas for kids
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 elementary, 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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Printable brain break cards pdf
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Thank you so much! I cannot be with my grandchildren, but it makes me feel better to send them things to do and to help their parents a little.
I am a school social worker who, in light of the COVID-19 school shut down, has started a facebook group for the parents of students I work with. I am trying to upload resources, tools, and activities that they can use to support their children’s social-emotional development. I came across your brain break cards and would love to upload them to the group. In reading over the cover page however, I’m not sure that I would have your permission to do so. Would you mind if I uploaded them? My students are used to that language – brain break – so this is something that would introduce a connection to school during this time of disruption.
Where is the download button for these? The page has so many adverts with ‘download’ I just can’t find the actual cards.
As a retired Reading Specialist I have had the fun opportunity to jump back into teaching my seven year old grandson via video chat format. I primarily focus on reading, writing, and spelling skills and strategies, in addition to his public school remote learning sessions with his teacher. Your free work sheets and ideas have been so helpful, I am able to use my own materials supplemented with your materials for him to work on Independently as both parents continue to work full time at home! Thanks so much!
Can I receive the free printable brain breaks please? Thanks!!!!