We know that movement is essential to learning. We know that kids that are physically active perform better at school. Making brain breaks fun and available are important. Adding a theme to brain breaks can make them go with any unit you teach or student’s enjoy! Stepping away from the screen and doing a brain break is also so important. Kids are looking at screens constantly. It’s great that there are screen based brain breaks as any movement is better than none, however these particular brain breaks focus on the much needed screen free movement.
Yoga is great for strength, flexibility and sensory needs. Yoga doesn’t always have to be the same old thing. Adding a theme can make it easy to use as a brain break or combine with a unit. You don’t have to be a yogi to do yoga as a brain break. All of these themed ideas are simple, fun movements for students and their teachers!
Click on the links to read all the different ideas associated with each theme. You will have ideas for a whole year and practically every unit!
Try posing like the cactus or the sand.
Fun ways to move with each letter of the alphabet!
Roar like a lion or stick out your neck like a giraffe!
Gallop like a horse or pose like a silo!
Hop like a bunny or pose like a dog!
Spin like a helicopter or pose like a train.
Make your body into a tent or move like the camp fire!
Move like a butterfly or a tiger!
Pose like a ship or swim like a fish!
Move like a bear or pose like a tree!
Walk the tight rope or pose like a trapeze artist!
Twist like a tornado or crack like lightning!
For the sports lover try football or baseball brain breaks!
How about moving with back to the 50’s – Check out these 50 ideas to move with a fifties theme!
Dinosaurs are the perfect theme for moving.
Pirates are perfect for incorporating brain breaks or yoga!
Try out some yoga or gross motor movements with a cowboy theme!
Firefighter brain breaks are fun to use all year but perfect for fire safety week!
Minute To Win It with gross motor movement is perfect for a brain break or sensory break. Compete against yourself or others!
The Pumpkin Relay is the perfect game to play during the fall season!
How about some puddle jumping to add to your brain break ideas!?!
The clover hop is a fun way to keep moving!
Superhero games are a fun way to move and play!
Make movement stations a part of your day each day!
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