Must-Try Brain Break Kids Ideas for the Upcoming School Year

Brain Break Kids

What is Brain Break?

To get this year rocking and rolling, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite brain & body breaks to use in the classroom. 

Why brain and body breaks? Studies show that brain breaks improve student concentration and relieve stress. 

I like to incorporate a variety of brain breaks in my classroom. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a GoNoodle now and again, but over the years I have found SO many amazing break breaks that I am about to share with you now. 

Brain Break Tongue Twisters

I LOVE to use tongue twisters with my students in the classroom. Students have such a fun time trying to say these different sentences as fast as they can. Sometimes I put them up on the screen, or pass them out to students for them to try privately and then pass them off to a classmate. No matter how you use them, they are super fun!

Brain Break Would You Rather?

Another fun and quick brain break is asking students would you rather questions! Check out these websites with awesome lists of would you rather questions.

Brain Break Exercises

Getting students up and moving is such an important part of the school day. Here are some different YouTube Channels and Videos with lots and lots of movement activities and videos for you and your students to try!

Coach Corey Martin

Click here to access his channel.

Desk Drumming

Click here for Kent Hamilton’s YouTube Channel!

PE With Mr G

Click here for the PE With Mr G YouTube channel!

Lava Balance Challenge

Chase YouTube Videos

There is a whole series of these chase videos on YouTube to engage your students no matter what their interests are! One is linked below but click here to access the full playlist.

Yoga Freeze Dance

Click here to access the full playlist.

Brain Break Riddles and Jokes

I love having a quick joke break or riddle break with students. You can do a quick google search to find some kid friendly riddles, or ask students to share any jokes or riddles they are able to come up with. Sometimes, I will even turn it into a competition where I put students in groups and they have 1 or 5 minutes to come up with “the funniest joke that they can.”

Brain Breaks On YouTube

Guess the Picture

Guess the Sound

Mister Teach Guessing Games

Click here for the Mister Teach channel on YouTube where you can find lots of guessing games for students to play!

Uju Videos

Another awesome YouTube channel with LOADS of games such as Would You Rather, 4 Corners, Meme Mood, Drum Fitness, and SO much more is Uju (Yoo-hu). Click here for this amazing YouTube Channel.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Click here for the Koo Koo Kanga Roo YouTube channel!

RSD Online

Click here for the RSD Online YouTube channel.

So Satisfying Brain Breaks

Slime Videos

We all know “how satistying” (as my students like to say) that watching people make, mix, and play with slime can be! YouTube is a gold mine of different slime videos you could show to your students as a cool down inbetween active activities.

Sand Cutting Videos

And just like slime videos, sand videos can also be very relaxing for students!

Smash Videos


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