Kindergarten Brain Breaks for the year! These brain break activities are a great way to add in some physical activity during the school day!
Kindergarten Brain Breaks
I like to move it, move it! This set of movement breaks is intended for younger kids – ideally kindergarten and first grade. However, I’m sure your older students would enjoy these movement songs as well! I can think of a few kindergarten teachers who I know would join in on the dance party, too!
Why is Movement in kindergarten important?
We know physical movement is important. Research tells us that movement activities build brain structure. Additionally, movement activities that cross the midlines of the body “help to develop and strengthen neural pathways laying the foundation for further development in language, literacy, and math skills. (Jacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger, MA – Penn State) Crossing the midline, simply means reaching from top to bottom, moving your left hand to the right side and your right hand to the left side, and also front to back.
These quick brain breaks are a fun way to get your younger kids moving and boost that brain function! Plus, that mental break is great for you, too!
Movement and Learning
The videos range from 3 to 5 minutes so these short breaks won’t take much class time at all! What is pretty amazing though, is students are still practicing math and literacy skills during each brain break activity. That’s right! While doing different movements, students are calling out numbers, counting, identifying letters, letter sounds, and more.
Your first grade and kindergarten students will have so much fun and not even realize they are boosting their neural activity.
Each monthly set includes 8 thematic videos, all with a different set of skills to practice.
At the start of each video, it shows the special movement and gives directions on what to do. The simple activities are perfect for young children. Students practice the skill as the music plays. Then, they complete the physical activities.
The videos are loaded to Vimeo, YouTube, and also available in Google Slides. We wanted to make sure teachers had the format they needed! This rhyming movement video is free on YouTube! Check it out here:
You could also have these fun brain breaks as an option during indoor recess or maybe you have the space for a movement learning station. That would be amazing!
I hope you love these fun brain break ideas and can find time to squeeze some movement breaks into your lesson plans throughout the school year. We have a kindergarten set of these fun songs and videos and also one that covers first grade math and literacy skills. Check out the links here:
Kindergarten Brain Breaks Free File
How about another free sample? Give your students a quick energy break during October with these Halloween themed movement and learning videos! Simply, add your name and email to the box below.