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Brain Breaks for Kids

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.

50+ Brain Breaks for Kids Cards - 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!

lots of brain break ideas for pre k, kinder, elementary, junior high, high school, and homeschool students

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!

over 50 brain break activities for preschool, kinderarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students

Brain Breaks for Kids at Home

Start out by entering your email address in the box below. It will immediately open the pdf file for you to download, print and save. This will also add you to our free email newsletter where we share tons of other fun, free, and educational activities to help kids have fun learning!

I suggest printing in color on cardstock for durability – but use what you have on hand!

super cute and free printable brain breaks for kids at home

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 beaks for kindergarten students at home or in the classroom

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.

What is a brain break? Let us explain what it is, why it's important, and give you practical way to take brain breaks at home, in classroom, along with a free printable with lots of ideas.

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.

FREE Brain Break Printable - these movement breaks for kids are important to allow them to get up and stretch and will help them focus better #preschool #kindergarten #homeschool #brainbreaks #education

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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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

9 Comments

  • 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.

    • Sorry about that, I know the ads can be annoying, but hey help us pay the bills while allowing us to keep everything FREE for our readers =) 1 million + free printables actually.

      Scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and enter email address in box, the file will open immediately. Enjoy!

  • Beth,
    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!

    • Scroll to the bottom of the post and see the image in the black box. Enter your email address and click button that says let me download. Don’t leave, you will be immediately redirected to the pdf file =) Easy peasy!

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