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Brain Breaks

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Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day to support overall health. Most children fall short of this goal. Lack of physical activity can impact a child's ability to do well in school. It can affect their memory, attention span, school attendance and grades.

Along with recess and physical education (P.E.) class, a 3-5 minute "brain break" can help students be more active. Not sure where to get started? Download this booklet for 50+ classroom brain breaks. Review the additional documents for helpful tips.


Brain Breaks: 50+ Classroom Energizers for Active Learning and Relaxation  PDF

Classroom Management Tips  PDF

Make It Routine  PDF

Why Movement?  PDF

Want More Ideas?

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You'll find more brain breaks for elementary students in this long-time favorite resource. Choose Energizers, Stories in Motion or Jammin' Minutes.  

Get Movin' Activity Breaks   PDF