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Brain Break Activities

belly breathing coloring dancing reading sensory activities stretching Mar 01, 2022

Providing You With Brain Break Ideas That Your Students Will Love!

Studies show that providing students with brain breaks allows time to re-energize, recharge and increase attention and focus. In our experience, we have utilized many brain breaks in the classroom that our students really enjoy.

Be sure to remember, some students will want to participate in an active brain break, while others may want an activity that’s a little quieter. We are here to provide you with a comprehensive list of brain break ideas that you can carry with you throughout your career as an educator!




Stretching works to reduce muscle tension, increase blood circulation, promote mindfulness/meditation and improve attention. Encourage your students to find space in the classroom and lead yoga exercises such as:

  • shoulder stretches
  • leg stretches
  • arm stretches
  • kneeling stretches
  • side stretches


Sensory Activities


Be sure to provide a sensory area/sensory bin in the classroom for your students to utilize as a brain break activity! Sensory tools provide a tactile experience for your learners that allow them to use their senses to create, discover and explore.


If you have a “sensory bin” in the classroom, here are some things you can fill it with!

  • Shredded Paper
  • Water Beads
  • Feathers
  • Cotton Balls
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Leaves
  • Pom-Poms
  • Colored Rice


If you have a “sensory area” in the classroom, here are some things you can add to it:

  • Trampoline
  • Balancing Tools
  • Sensory Swing
  • Bean Bag Chair
  • Body Socks


Belly Breathing


Breathing with your belly helps to calm bodies and minds and works as a stress-reducing strategy. If this is the first time you are incorporating belly breathing in the classroom, be sure to model for the students how to practice this exercise. Belly breathing is a series of controlled breaths that encourages a much fuller, longer, deeper breath stemming from the belly as opposed to the chest. What we really like about belly breathing is that it is a great calming, brain break activity which serves as a self-regulation tool that children can utilize anytime, anywhere!





Dancing provides many benefits for children and is a great way to give your students a brain break! Dancing serves as a stimulating mental activity that increases memory, focus and promotes spatial awareness. Do your students have a favorite song? Turn it on and have a dance party! We encourage a 3-5 minute brain break before it’s time to get back to learning.




Coloring is an extremely calming activity that provides many benefits to children (and to adults!). The act of coloring works to clear minds, reduce feelings of stress, improve vision and motor skills, promote self-expression, creativity and increase hand-eye coordination. There are several different ways to incorporate this brain break into your classroom!

You can:

  • Provide coloring books
  • Printout coloring pages based on your students’ individual interests
  • Allow free-draw by simply providing paper and coloring utensils





Reading is a great brain break for those who are interested in a more relaxed activity. What we love about offering reading as a brain break activity is the freedom and choice associated with this activity! If possible, provide your students with a library in the classroom where they can access and select books of their choice. You want to be sure to create a balance that offers enough books for free choice without being overstimulating for the child.


Some benefits include:

  • building language
  • developing imagination
  • improving concentration
  • promotes longer attention span
  • improves brain development

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