What if I told you that taking short, fun breaks throughout the school day could actually improve your students' learning and behavior?

Laid back teacher says:

It might sound too good to be true, but incorporating brain breaks for kids into your elementary school classroom can have a significant positive impact on students' attention, memory, and overall well-being.

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A few minutes of break time can transform your classroom and help your students thrive academically and socially.

The Power of Pause

A brain break is a short mental break that involves a physical or mental activity designed to help students:

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  • refocus, leading to improved academic performance

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  • enjoy a positive classroom environment with social interaction and play

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  • reduce stress and anxiety, promoting well-being

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  • imitate healthy self-care habits, promoting balance and wellness

Watch this informative video if you want to find out more about the importance of brain breaks for kids(1:56):


What is a brain break?

The Power of Play

Have you ever noticed that after a long period of sitting and listening, students start to fidget, daydream, or lose focus? It's not because they're lazy or unmotivated — it's because their brains and bodies need a break!

Bored Spongebob on a chair.

By providing short bursts of physical activity and social interaction, we can help students:

  • recharge their energy

  • boost their cognitive function

  • prepare them for the next phase of learning

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Here are some brain break ideas from teachers that include movement and play. Let's get inspired!


What are some examples of movement-based brain breaks? Select all that apply.

The Power of Mindfulness

Imagine a classroom full of students who are feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed by the demands of the school day. You notice that they're having a hard time staying focused and engaged in their work.

SpongeBob stressed in a classroom.

By providing breathing exercises and mindfulnessin your regular break sessions, you can help your students:

  • stay engaged in a more energetic environment

  • learn the ability to pay attention by filtering out distractions

  • become less critical of themselves

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  • The Mindfulness Teacher YouTube channel is a wonderful place to find great content to improve your students' mental and emotional well-being.

Take Action

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How can you approach brain breaks for kids in your classroom and incorporate them into your class schedule?


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