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Brain Breaks WinterBrain Breaks
for Winter Includes 30 brain break cards, 5 brain break spinners,
Roll Some Winter Brain Breaks and the Calm Down poem.
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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 Winter 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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Snowboard Squats
Squat down and touch floor
with left hand. Stand up.
Repeat 10x.
Downhill Ski
position for 10 seconds.
of 3, jump up as high as you
can into the air. Return
to squat position.
the floor. Jump side to side
over the pencil 10 times.
Ice Skating #2 Balance on your left foot
holding your arms out for
10 seconds. Repeat balancing
seconds. Be graceful!
ice hockey player. Use a
pencil as a pretend hockey
stick. Keep both hands on
the pencil.
Snow Angels
pretend to make snow
angels. Perform for 10
to ice skate counting to 10 then
spin to the right. Repeat but
spin to left..
of the room. Jump and turn
with feet together so that your
body is facing left side of room.
Repeat 3x.
up off of floor (knees straight)
and put arms in air. Hold
this position for 10 seconds.
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Snow Goose Waddle
your hands together like
not lose your balance.
the floor (do not put knees
on the floor). Walk like a
polar bear around the room.
Snowy Owl Flight Stand up tall. Keeping arms
straight flap your owl wings up
and down 10x. Then hold arms up
in air like you are gliding in the
air for 5 seconds. Repeat.
Wolf Stretch Put your hands on your desk.
Arch your back and lean your
head back pretending to howl
like a wolf. Hold this stretch for
5 seconds. Repeat 2x.
forth for 20 seconds.
Arctic Hare
arctic hare. Perform 20
Lay on the floor. Pull yourself
forward only using your arms to
move. Try to move forward
10 feet.
Reindeer Gallop
like a reindeer. Go slow and fast.
Go left and right.
Snow Day
in S-N-O-W D-A-Y.
hug for 10 seconds.
your feet and fingers like a
snowflake.
through deep snow 20x.
your hands together in front of
you to warm them up for 10
seconds. Rub them over your
head for 10 seconds.
Start like a round ball and
then get taller. Then slowly
melt to the ground.
Pretend to shovel snow over
your right shoulder then over
your left shoulder. Repeat 10x.
Winter Dress Up Pretend to put all your winter gear
on starting at the top. Touch
your head, wrap your scarf, put on
mittens and then boots.
R foot, R hand forward and
switch L arm L foot
forward. Repeat 10x.
Pull the Sled
Sit and Sled
up off of floor (knees straight)
and puts arms in air. Hold
this position for 10 seconds.
How to Use the
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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Snow Angels
pretend to make snow
angels. Perform for 10
ice hockey player. Use a
pencil as a pretend hockey
stick. Keep both hands on
the pencil.
Ski Jumper
of 3, jump up as high as you
can into the air. Return
to squat position.
holding your arms out for
10 seconds. Repeat balancing
seconds. Be graceful!
the floor. Jump side to side
over the pencil 10 times.
Brain Break
Column #1 Column #2 Column #3 Column #4 Column #5
1
2
3
4
5
6
20x.
some pretend snow banks.
medium tree and tall
Feet apart, arms out,
sparkle your feet and
fingers like a snowflake.
Using your feet, spell
F-R-O-S-T-Y on the floor.
Stomp your feet, knees
high, through deep snow
Hands on floor, knees straight hold position like polar bear
for 10s.
Pretend to fly around
like a snowy owl.
Pretend to make a
Squeeze each finger of L hand
with R hand.
Give yourself a big hug for 10 seconds.
Twirl around 3x to R and then 3x to L like an ice
skater.
2 hands, pretend to put R boot on then L.
Put knees together,
penguin.
your R hand.
icicle - arms overhead, feet
together on tiptoes. Hold
Stand up tall, pretend to melt slowly to floor like
a melting snowman.
knees straight. Lean L then R. Pretend to sled
downhill for 10 s.
Keep fingers together like
together for 10 s.
Arms up at shoulder
circle like an snowman. Turn to the L and R.
Pretend you can see your breath in the cold. Take 10 deep breaths
in and out.
Pretend to cross country ski. R foot, R hand forward and
switch L arm L foot forward. Repeat 10x.
Pretend to have snow ball fight.
Bend down, make snowball,
Hands together on R side of
body, Pretend to shovel
snow over L shoulder.
right.
for 10s.
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Roll Brain winter - Some 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 6-3-2-1-4 you would perform the following brain breaks: pretend to have a snowball fight, squeeze fingers like gloves on, stomp feet through snow, make body like icicle and make body into different sized pine trees.
Float and spin like a
snowflake 3 times to the
left.
body, Pretend to shovel
snow over R shoulder.
Calm Down Poem
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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