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6 Virtual Brain Breaks

brain breaks classroom remote learning teacher resources teaching virtual learning Jan 25, 2022

Brain Breaks are a great tool to help students improve their focus, attention and engagement throughout the day. Brain Breaks can help to improve productivity and reduce stress.

During remote and distance learning, it’s crucial to keep children active while they are behind a computer screen for a large portion of the day. It can be a challenging and confusing task to implement brain breaks during remote learning.

Here’s a list of some simple virtual brain breaks you can do to give students a much-needed break during remote learning!

 

1. Create a Movement Game

You can use the website www.wheelofnames.com to create a FREE digital spinner.
You can customize your spinner to say all different kinds of simple movements.

For example:

  • Run in place
  • Do squats
  • Do jumping jacks
  • Spin around in a circle
  • Jump up and down

Spin your virtual spinner to determine what exercise students will participate in!

You can also use a dice to determine how many of each exercise they will do.

Here is a link to free virtual dice.

2. Dance Party!

Turn on some child friendly, age-appropriate music. You can host your virtual dance party in a few ways.

  • Children can dance freely to music
  • Children can follow along to an age-appropriate dance video
  • You can play some music and do some very simple movements to the beat and have children follow along with you!

3. Scavenger Hunt

Virtual scavenger hunts are a great way to incorporate some education into your brain break.

Prompt children to find different items around their house using educational descriptions.

For example:

  • Find something that starts with the letter “G”
  • Find something that is shaped like a square
  • Find something that is blue

4. Create a Movement Based Slideshow

Create a movement-based slideshow using text and pictures that demonstrate movements/exercises for students to perform.

You can create a fun spin on this activity by making it a “themed” slideshow.

For example:

  • Pick a character or story that your students are familiar with
  • All of the movements will revolve around that story and its characters
  • For example, “Johnny had to march through the woods to get his apples! Let’s march through the woods with Johnny!”
  • Use pictures and ideas from the story and tie it into exercises such as marching, jumping, stretching, etc.

5. Yoga

Yoga is a great way to destress and reset minds and bodies for a break. Children can do yoga seated or standing.

Here are two simple but effective poses that you can do with your students:

Standing half-moon to each side: reach both arms up above head, place hand together, bend upper body to the side, come back up to the middle, bend to the other side

Basic twist to each side: turn torso and arms to one side, come back to the middle, turn torso and arms to other side.

 

6. Minute Masters Movement Videos

Minute Masters provides sensory-based movement songs and videos. There are videos of interactive brain breaks, yoga, dance and sensory songs. They are created by professionals in education and designed to be inclusive and educational. You can check out Minute Masters here.

 

Brain Breaks are an important tool to help children to destress, refocus, and return to classwork with renewed energy. 

Try these brain breaks during remote learning to help your students during their virtual school day!

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