We all know that keeping students engaged and focused can be a challenge. That’s why brain and body breaks are a classroom game-changer! YouTube has become a source of amazing brain and body breaks to use with students. Here are 11 of my favorite channels that my students LOVE!
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1. Coach Corey Martin
Coach Corey Martin gets your students moving with freeze dances, runs, and more. For instance, “Going on a Gold Hunt” involves running in place and dodging obstacles – super engaging!
2. PE with Mr G
Similar to Coach Corey Martin, PE with Mr. G is all about movement. It’s packed with varied body breaks to keep students active.
3. Phonics Man
Phonics Man is a fun and engaging way to get students up and moving!
Uju is treasure trove of games, quizzes, and ‘would you rather’ challenges. Ideal for interactive and fun brain breaks. (Preview these brain breaks before showing- while most of the videos are school-appropriate, they aren’t created with an elementary audience in mind.)
5. Doodle Chaos
Doodle Chaos provides visually mesmerizing videos, perfect for a relaxing cool down. Think races and marble runs that captivate and calm. (Preview these brain breaks before showing- some might be more appropriate for upper elementary / middle school.)
6. Sand Cutting ASMR
Sand Cutting and ASMR is a unique cool down option. The soothing sounds and visuals are perfect for a calming classroom moment. Entertaining and captivating, these videos are a great way to engage and relax students during a break.
7. Stop Motion Cooking
Entertaining and captivating, these videos are a great way to engage and relax students during a break. (Preview these videos before showing- while most of the videos are school-appropriate, they aren’t created with an elementary audience in mind.)
8. Kent Hamilton Desk Drumming
Desk drumming fun! Using pool noodles or pencils, students can drum along to the beat, combining rhythm with some physical activity. Kent Hamilton also has other fun PE style videos to try.
9. RSD Online
RSD Online offers fitness videos, adding a healthful twist to your classroom breaks. One of my favorites is the Lava Balance Challenge!
11. Fitness Hustle TV
Fitness Hustle TV creates interactive and engaging fitness videos for all ages that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. We have games, warm ups, brain breaks, minute to win it challenges and more! One of my favorites are their Disney Song and Voice Quizzes!
11. The Quiz Show
The Quiz Show has fun quizzes, brain puzzles, and more! They have a variety of videos that are great for K all the through 8th grade. But, because of that, make sure to preview the content before showing to students!
Here are some of my favorite brain breaks of theirs for K-2:
Here are some of my favorites for 3-5:
Hope you enjoyed these brain and body break ideas for your elementary classroom! Be sure to let us know which ends up being your favorite to use with students. And, did you know we also make low-prep resources you’ll be excited to use in your classroom? You can sign up for freebies below!