Basketball Themed Gross Motor and Brain Break Ideas

Basketball season is upon us! Today’s post is all about basketball themed brain break ideas. There are so many different basketball brain breaks that you can do with the basketball theme. These are perfect for your basketball lover, March Madness, ball skills, or the Final Four!

Basketball themed activities! These gross motor and brain break ideas are so fun for the basketball lover, NCAA time, NBA playoffs, cheering on your favorite team and more! Use them as a brain break in the classroom, for preschool gross motor activities, OT, PT, SLP, and at home!

Basketball Themed Gross Motor and Brain Break Ideas

When doing basketball themed brain breaks I am always flexible with how to use them given the situation.  Some of my kids like to pretend they are a certain player or playing against/for a certain team.  Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate a basketball theme into brain break ideas.  Duration and repetitions can be decided based on your situation. These are great during basketball season and especially at tournament time!  The great news is you can also get ready made basketball themed cards in the shop.

Warm-Ups

Arm Circles Forward/Backward, Shoulder Shrugs, Toe Touches, High Marches, Jumping Jacks, Reach For The Sky and Touch The Floor, Butterfly Stretch

Defense

Side Shuffle, Jump Side To Side, Squat and Step Sideways Maintaining Squat, Staggered Feet Jumps,

Shooting

Jump Shots, Right Handed Lay-Up (Left Foot Jumps), Left Handed Lay-Up (Right Foot Jumps), Free Throw (Squat To Stand)

Passing 

Chest Pass, Right Hand Pass, Left Hand Pass, Overhead Pass

Basketball themed activities! These gross motor and brain break ideas are so fun for the basketball lover, NCAA time, NBA playoffs, cheering on your favorite team and more! Use them as a brain break in the classroom, for preschool gross motor activities, OT, PT, SLP, and at home!

Weight Room

Lunges, Squats, Heel Raises, Toe Raises

 

Play Book

Patterning (Example: Jump, Spin, Clap Repeat)  Use a variety of movements in different order and make it fun!

Offense

Skip, Gallop, Run In Place, Chair Run (Run While Seated In Your Chair Moving Your Arms and Legs), Dribble- Move Your Hands Up and Down, Spin Move- Spin To The Right and To The Left

Agility Drills

Front To Back Jumps, Fast Jumps, Right To Left Foot Hops, Jump and Grab Knees, Jump Rope In Place, Cross-Over Steps, Jog In Place, Power Jumps (Squat To Jump)

Celebration

Jump and Spin in Circles, Victory Dance, Cut Down The Net – Climb Moving Arms and Legs , Huddle Up – Sway Side To Side and Forward/Backward

Basketball Resources

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