Christmas Brain Breaks and Gross Motor Ideas

Well, there is no denying it if you walk into any store, the Holiday season is upon us.  Christmas usually reminds me of shopping, cooking, and parties.  The good news is that movement can easily be incorporated into a holiday or Christmas theme.   During the very busy holiday season it is important to keep the kids moving.  Here are some Christmas Brain Breaks and Gross Motor Ideas to get you started.  Don’t forget that movement is perfect to incorporate into holiday parties as well!

Christmas Brain Breaks.  A list of fast, fun, and efficient ways to move your body with a Christmas or Holiday theme.  Each brain break is designed to last under a minute and only needs a small amount of space!

Christmas Brain Breaks and Gross Motor Ideas

Christmas brain breaks and gross motor ideas can be used to best fit your needs.  Set the distance and frequency that works for you and your kids.  Encourage the kids to move!

Reindeer Wiggle

Wiggle Your Body

Santa On The Roof

Toe Walk Around The Room, Heel Walk Around The Room

Reindeer Leaps

Jump as High As You Can, Jump As Fast As You Can, Jump On Your Left Foot, Jump On Your Right Foot

Tall Tree

Stand On Right Foot, Stand On Left Foot, Christmas Tree Pose


Jump In Circles, Twist Side To Side, Spin

Santa’s Lap

Squat and Hold, Squat

Elf Workout

Knee Walk, Side Step Around The Room, Skip Around The Room, Jumping Jacks, Wall Push-Ups

Elf Hops

Hop Side To Side, Hop Forward/Backward, Tiny Jumps In Place, Tiny Jumps Around The Room

Flying Sleigh

Stand On Your Right Foot With Arms Out and Fly, Stand on Your Left Foot With Arms Out and Fly

Gift Stacking

Touch The Floor and Reach For The Sky

Walk Through The Snow

Stomp Across The Room, High March Around The Room, Knee Hugs

Santa Games

Santa Says (Simon Says), Free Dance (Dancing Around The Christmas Tree), Follow The Leader (Santa)

Santa School

Sequencing Games (Think Spin, Hop, Twist Repeat)

Ice Skating

Cross Over Steps (Right Lead), Cross Over Steps (Left Lead), Step Right and Step Back Left Repeat

Christmas Brain Break Cards

If  you love the idea of Christmas brain breaks, and want them available at any time, I have a full set of 48 cards available in the shop.  They are a fun and exciting way to get the kids moving.  They are perfect to incorporate into stations, use as a game during a holiday party, morning meetings, or as brain breaks.  Make movement fun!

Christmas Gross Motor and Brain Break Ideas - Pink Oatmeal

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