In no time, football will already be starting! Do I even dare say that? Summer tends to go a bit too fast! I’ll admit, I will sit down and watch a football game. There aren’t too many other sports that I can sit through an entire game. Football is quite popular with some of my kids at school too. Like baseball, I work to incorporate fun movement based strengthening, range of motion, and body awareness activities with a football theme. The kids love this and it works great! I’ve divided up my football brain breaks/movement ideas into different categories.
Football Brain Breaks
Football brain breaks are fun, fast and effective. You can incorporate these gross motor movements into gross motor time, brain breaks, use them in PT, OT, or SLP as well as at home. They are perfect for the fall and at Super Bowl time. The best part is you can get a set of ready made football themed cards in the shop or at TpT!
Side Steps, Cross Over Steps, High Marches, Heel Walks, Toe Walks, Giant Steps, Backward Walking
Fast Jumps, Side To Side Jumps, Forward/Backward Jumps, Hop Across the Room, Side To Side Cuts, Knee Hugs
Squats, Lunges, Heel Raises, Toe Raises, Jumping Jacks, Sit-Ups, Bridges,
Squat, Jump, Clap Repeat – Any sequence of movements that require movement and motor planning
Heel To Toe Standing, One Leg Hopping, Single Leg Standing
Victory Dance, Fist Pumps Around The Room, Over Head To Floor Clapping
Touch Your Toes, Twist Side To Side, Shoulder Blade Squeezes, Deep Breathing
See It In Action
If you have access to cones you can add drills with running around cones, weaving through cones, or jumping over cones. Access to an agility ladder would be a fun way to incorporate side stepping, jumping, and patterning drills. I personally don’t have an agility ladder but I have found a way around it by using chalk to draw my own ladder outdoors on the cement!
GET YOUR OWN SET OF FOOTBALL CARDS
If you love the idea of football brain breaks I have a full set of 48 cards available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for download. It can also be found in my shop on the blog. It can also be bought in a bundle along with my baseball and basketball brain breaks. They are a fun and exciting way to get the kids moving. They are perfect to incorporate into stations, baseball units, morning meetings, or as brain breaks. Make movement fun!
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My store at Pink Oatmeal has ideas to get the kids moving at home, in the classroom, and in therapy! If you prefer Teachers Pay Teachers you can find me there too with even more ideas to get the kids moving!