Many of the public schools around our area have already started the new year, and more are starting this week. Of course we are holding off our official start date of the new year for a few more weeks. With the start of school, it got me thinking. My kids have been so busy and active all summer, I know it is going to be tough to contain them for handwriting and math.
However, I am thinking ahead and have a plan. I have always heard about brain breaks, but never really explored them much. I love the idea of them, but with the chaos of homeschooling 6 kids and a new baby last year, I was lucky to get through the day unscathed.
But this year is going to be different. I am planning ahead and gathering printables and ideas to help us take those much needed “brain breaks” throughout the day. I know if we have a plan and some things ready to go, it will seem much less chaotic and more intentional.
I am loving the ideas I have found online. I might even go as far as to say I’m giddy. I have always been a musical person and while I did fine concentrating during class, my kids love to move freely. Especially when they start to feel stress. I am excited to show my kids that learning is fun, and that it doesn’t have to be stressful or “all business.”
Help your kids reset and refocus with these Brain Break ideas, printables and activities!
5 Brain Break Activities for Kindergartners | Simply Kinder
20 Three Minute Brain Breaks | Minds in Bloom
Freebie: Brain Breaks – Free Brain Break Activities | The Teacher Next Door (TpT)
Grab and Go Brain Breaks in the Classroom | Tickled Pink in Primary
87 Energy‐Busting Indoor Games & Activities For Kids | What Moms Love
TONS of Brain Break Ideas | Pink Oatmeal
Printable Pet Themed Gross Motor Brain Break Activity for Kids | Life Over C’s
Roll Some Fun Brain Breaks Freebie | Your Therapy Source
Brain Breaks for Kids | Teaching Mama
8 Fun Breathing Exercises for Kids (Free Printable) | Childhood 101
10 Crossing the Midline Brain Break Activities for Kids | Childhood 101
Movement Breaks to Help Kids Stay Alert and Focused | The Inspired Treehouse
FREE Animal Movement Cards for Kids | Differentiation Station Creations
20 FREE Wiggle Brain Breaks | This Reading Mama
Seasonal & Holiday Brain Breaks
Summer Gross Motor Movement Cards | Gift of Curiosity
Spring Movement Game Using Plastic Eggs + FREE Printable Action Cards | Creative Little Explorers
Winter Gross Motor Dice for Brain Break Activities | Life Over C’s
Easter Brain Breaks for the Classroom | Just Reed & Play in Preschool and K
FREE January Brain Breaks | We Are Teachers
Printable Spring Themed Brain Breaks for Kids | Life Over C’s
Fall Gross Motor Action Dice Printable for Brain Breaks | Life Over C’s
FREE Printable Weather Gross Motor Dice for Kids | Life Over C’s
FREE February Brain Breaks for Easy Homeschool Fun | Rock Your Homeschool
FREE December Brain Breaks | Rock Your Homeschool
Brain Breaks for Thanksgiving (FREEBIE)
Special Needs & Sensory Brain Breaks
21 Sensory Break Activities for Focus | Meraki Lane
Gross Motor Movement Cards for Active Brain Breaks | Autism Work Tasks
40 Sensory Break Ideas for Kids | Lemon Lime Adventures
Sensory Activities for Learning and Play | Life Over C’s
Superhero Calming Sensory Break Cards | Project Sensory
Dance & Song Brain Breaks
Brain Break Videos Your Kids Will Love | Teaching with a Mountain View
Brain Break Dance Songs for Kids | Preschool Inspirations
Upper Elementary & Middle School Brain Breaks
12 Free Brain Breaks for the Classroom | Upper Elementary Snapshots
25 Energizing Brain Breaks for Kids | Meraki Lane
Find more homeschool resources on my Pinterest boards!
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.