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Brain Breaks SpringBrain Breaks
for Spring Includes 30 brain break cards, 5 brain break spinners,
Roll Some Spring Brain Breaks and the Calm Down poem.
Your Therapy Source Inc
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Publisher’s Note: The publisher and author has made every attempt to make sure that the information in this book is correct and up to date. All physical activities require approval from a child’s pediatrician. The author or the publisher will not be liable for any impairment, damage, accident or loss that may occur from any of the suggested activities in this book. Terms of Use: The electronic books from Your Therapy Source Inc can only be purchased from this site. They are copyrighted by Your Therapy Source Inc. This book can only be used by the original purchaser. The files may not be reproduced or transferred to others in print or electronically. All rights reserved.
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Brain Breaks for Spring
Purpose of Brain Breaks: Research has shown a positive association between 5-20 minute movement breaks in the classroom and cognitive skills, academic achievement, test scores, attitude and behavior. These quick movement breaks require no equipment and minimal space. The students can perform the activities right in the classroom or in a larger area if available. Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2010.
Directions: 1. Print out the brain breaks. Cut out the cards. Laminate for durability. The directions for the dice brain breaks are on the page.
2. Try having the students take a movement break at least every 60 minutes. Pick a card and perform the brain break. Perform 3-5 brain breaks each for 1 minute at least.
3. Finish with the Breathe In, Breathe Out poem each time.
Tips on Movement Breaks:
1. Provide a structured environment even though children are moving. Have a consistent routine with the movement breaks. Make sure you teach children what STOP and GO means before starting.
2. Set up boundaries and rules in the room.
3. An adult or child can demonstrate the movement breaks as necessary.
4. Finish each movement break with the Breathe In, Breathe Out poem to return to a calm body so that children are ready to work.
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Grasshopper Hops
count of 3, hop as high
as you can in the air.
Repeat 5x.
Butterfly Wings
can. Slowly and gracefully flap your
arms up and down like
butterfly wings. Repeat 10x.
Out Like a Lamb
gentle lamb.
Spring Chicken
like a baby chick around the
room.
swim like a tadpole.
frog. Repeat 3x.
place for 30 seconds.
around the room.
caterpillar for 20 seconds.
Fly Like a Bird
put your chest out and
flap your arms like a
Spring bird. Repeat 10x.
In Like a Lion
ferocious lion for 30 seconds.
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Singing in the Rain
to dance in the rain.
Running in the Rain
pretending to get out of a
Springtime rain storm for 30
seconds.
pitch 3 strikes with your right
hand. Switch and pretend
left hand.
Blooming Flower
knees. Slowly stand up like
you are a blooming flower.
Repeat 3x.
your feet on the floor at the
same time to make the sound of
rain.
back up. Repeat 10x.
Keep your feet together and go up
on your tip toes. Hold this
pose for 10 seconds.
to hit a home run with your bat.
Run around the room and
back to your seat.
Blowing in the Wind
you are floating in the
wind. Twirl 3x to the
right.
Puddle Stomp
the ground. Holding the handle
walk around your “umbrella” to
the right 3x and then to
the left 3x.
Raindrop Release Pretend to look up in the sky, arms
stretched wide and catch rain drops
releasing tension in your neck,
shoulders and back. Hold for
5 seconds. Repeat 3x.
Rock back and forth
of S-P-R-I-N-G
Rainbow Pose
shape of a rainbow and hold
the position for 10 seconds.
Spring Tree Pose Hold the tree pose for 10
seconds. Hands together,
balance.
“Hip Hip Hooray Spring is
here today!” Repeat 3x.
where you kick your legs,
stomp your feet and
clap your hands for
Brain Break Spinners
Step 1: Print out the brain break spinners on the following page.
Step 2: Place a paper clip in the middle of the circle.
Step 3: Put a pencil tip in the middle of the paper clip.
Step 4: Spin the paper clip with your fingers.
Step 5: Perform the brain break that the paper clip lands on. Find and refer to the brain break cards for directions on how to complete the activities.
Step 6: Repeat spinning the paper clip on each of the 5 spinners for a total of 5 brain breaks.
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Spring Body
of S-P-R-I-N-G
Raindrop Release Pretend to look up in the sky, arms
stretched wide and catch rain drops
releasing tension in your neck,
shoulders and back. Hold for
5 seconds. Repeat 3x. Umbrella Twirls
Pretend to put your umbrella on
the ground. Holding the handle
walk around your “umbrella” to
the right 3x and then to
the left 3x.
Hip Hip Hooray
“Hip Hip Hooray Spring is
here today!” Repeat 3x.
where you kick your legs,
stomp your feet and
clap your hands for
Column #1 Column #2 Column #3 Column #4 Column #5
1
2
3
4
5
6
Squat down and waddle on the floor like a baby
chick.
out to side, feet together
like an umbrella.
puddle for 10 seconds.
Go up on tip toes, chest out and flap wings like a robin 10x.
Sit with legs apart, feet together.
Flutter your legs like
It’s raining! Run in place for 30 sec.
pretending to run from the
storm.
pitches with left hand.
soaring bird.
floor making body in a rainbow.
Shake your hands and legs like
the rays of the sun.
Spring Cleaning - pretend to
arm.
flower.
pitches with your right
and tap feet to make the
sound of rain.
Twirl 3x to the left as if floating in the breeze.
Pretend to shovel dirt
letters in S-P-R-I-N-G.
Flap your butterfly
wings slowly 10x.
Clasp hands together. Air
write the word F-L-O-W-E-R
shoulder 10x.
Hold your hands up in the air and run in place like you are flying a kite.
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Roll Some SPRING Brain Breaks Directions: Roll one die for each of the columns. Perform the quick brain break that matches the number you rolled on the die. For example, if you roll a 2-1-4-6-2 you should perform the following actions: twirl 3x to the left as if floating in the breeze, squat and stand up like a blooming flower, 10 squats like you are planting seeds, pretend to shovel dirt over right shoulder and make your body into the letters in Spring.
Pretend to balance on your right
foot in a puddle for
10 sec.
sec. Tuck knees to chest,
wrap arms around legs.
Calm Down Poem Breathe In, Breathe Out
5... 4... 3... 2... 1...,
Now we are all done.
Slowly, take a deep breath in,
And blow that breath out.
Again, take a deep breath in,
And blow that breath out.
One more time, breathe in,
And blow that breath out.
Time to take your seat,
And quiet your hands and feet.
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