With more and more schools across America closing their doors to slow the spread of the virus, families are being asked to oversee their children’s education at him, in Social Isolation. Many are turning to the internet with things like google classroom and zoom for lessons. This is a great use of technology, but will leave students sitting in front of a computer screen for 5 hours a day which is a LONG time for kids. We’ve created these fun and free printable Brain Breaks for kids who are schooling at home due to Social Distancing.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we have to do some unorthodox and unconventional things like closing public schools and sending kids to school at home . This social isolation is necessary to stop the spread of the virus, but it creates some unique situations for children and parents.
As parents we’ve been told for years how sitting your child in front of a screen for too much time is bad for them. But due to the pandemic many students have been sent home with instructions to log in and be online for 5 hours a day to meet homeschooling requirements. That is a L-O-N-G time for kids to sit in a chair, in front of a screen! Their little bodies weren’t meant to sit still that long – they NEED to move. We don’t need to come out of this virus on the other side with slumped over kids with neck pain, bad posture, the starting of arthritis or sore wrists.
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
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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 Social Isolation! These brain break cards use simple movements that work for your whole family from preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, junior high, and even high school. Kids will stretch, do push-up, jumping jacks, etc.
Brain Break Activites
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 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 expecially 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 ingjuries, 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 throughout the quarnatine. And most importantly, yours kids will learn and have fun. They will look back at this time as fun break in routine!
Looking for more fun ideas with your family? Try our 40+ April Activies for Kids or these fun April Crafts for Kids. Spend time reading together as a family with our April Stories for Kids, Childrens Books to Read, or our Bookcase Reading Logs to have a friendly family reading contest.
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