Activity Breaks

Hi Everyone,

Ms. Whalen has asked teachers to share this information.

A beneficial way to help children refocus/get ready to learn is by having them participate in brain/activity breaks. These physical movements help children become calmer while expending lots of energy. Taking time for movement breaks has proven to assist students in concentrating for longer periods of time. Once students engage back into an academic task, their efficiency as learners increases. Give these a try. Join in with your child!

All the best,

Mrs. Callaghan

Activity Breaks

# 1 HURDLE HOPS, SQUATS, FAST FEET

Directions: Do each of the following moves in place for 30 seconds for 5 rounds or sets

  1. 30 seconds of jumping from side to side over a pretend hurdle
  2.  5 squats
  3. 30 seconds of jumping front to back over a pretend hurdle
  4. 5 squats
  5. 30 seconds of fast feet (feet jogging quickly in place like a football player) 5 squats
  6.  Repeat

# 2 SPORTS GALORE

Directions: Do each of the following in place for 20 seconds. Second time through have kids use their opposite hands and feet. Third time through have kids call out which move to do

  1. Act like a baseball player swinging a bat
  2. Act like a basketball player shooting a ball into the basket
  3. Act like a hockey player skating as fast as they can
  4. Act like a football player and practice fast feet (jogging quickly in place)
  5. Act like a professional skier and practice going side to side than jumping over jumps
  6. Act like a tennis player practicing their serve
  7. Repeat

# 3 PUSH UP CHALLENGE

Directions: Do each of the challenge for 2-3 minutes:

  1. Partner A performs 1 push-up first
  2. Partner B performs 1 push-up second
  3. Partner A performs 2 push-ups third
  4. Partner B performs 2 push-ups fourth
  5. Continue this push up ladder for 2 minutes. See which pair completes the most push-ups in 2 minutes.

Remind the kids to pace themselves!

# 4 JUMPING JACK CHALLENGE

Directions: Do each of the challenge for 2-3 minutes:

  1. Partner A performs 1 jumping jack first
  2. Partner B performs 1 jumping jack second
  3. Partner A performs 2 jumping jacks third
  4. Partner B performs 2 jumping jacks fourth
  5. Continue this push up ladder for 2 minutes. See which pair completes the most push-ups in 2 minutes.

Remind the kids to pace themselves!

# 5 ANGLE SQUATS

Directions:

  1. Kids perform squats with their feet and knees in particular angles. Parents/partners ensure knees should be over the feet when preforming this activity.
  2. On cue, kids are asked to do a zero-degree squat with feet and knees parallel and close together. Repeat 10 times.
  3. Kids are then asked to perform a squat with feet and knees turned out in a 45-degree position. Repeat 10 times.
  4. Kids are then asked to perform a squat with feet and knees turned out in a 90-degree angle. Repeat 10 times.

# 6 UP AND DOWN

Directions: Have your kids all lie down on the floor and close their eyes. Have them put their hands on their stomach (belly). Focus their attention on how their belly goes up and down as they breathe. As the kids are focusing on their breathing parents or partners can say:

  1. Every inhale opens a door.
  2. Every exhale walks you right through.
  3. Each inhale creates space.
  4. Each exhale moves you into the space.
  5. Every inhale fills you up. Every exhale relaxes you.
  6.  Every inhale lifts and does the work for you. Every exhale softens or relaxes you right in. Repeat.

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