Brain Breaks for Kids

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Are you looking for fresh brain break ideas to break up your school day?

These calming and energizing activities help to boost attention and promote self-regulation in preschool and elementary-aged children.

Yoga Sutra 2.46 can be translated as:

“We need a balance of both effort and surrender in life.”

Our lives seem to be on a fast track.

Children’s academic schedules are jam packed, with little down time. They might be sitting still for a math test, engaging in challenging group work, or struggling with a new concept—but then they are called out for not being able to focus, pay attention, or sit still.

In recent years, there has been a push for teaching children to slow down and to learn to live in the present moment. Educators, parents, and yoga teachers have recognized the importance of teaching children how to use their breath to help self-regulate and ease their worries. They also need to energize their bodies, release pent-up energy, or get rid of built-up stress.

These brain breaks promote the importance of both cultivating this quiet calm, as well as practicing energetic movement. Hopefully, this “effort-surrender” strategy can become a part of your transition tamer or brain break toolkit as one more way to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle in this hectic world.

This classroom yoga resource is for schoolteachers, kids yoga teachers, parents, caregivers, and health practitioners looking for fun, simple ways to add transition tamers or brain breaks to your school curriculum in just a few minutes.

To spark your imagination, the brain breaks are shared in two categories, calming and energizing activities, depending on the needs of the children at that time. These brain-boosting activities are intended to take one to five minutes, but they are meant to be flexible to suit your needs. Use the ideas as a springboard and feel free to extend the activities.

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Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day - Workbook
Frances R. (Salt Spring Island, CA)
Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day

he children like the materials, and respond to them well. They also love the stories. Myself, as always, I particularly appreciate the drawings. We have added to the emotion of feeling bad about yourself, because it is more common for the children I have worked with to be feeling bad for other reasons than low self esteem. Sometimes we feel really 'bad' (more like feeling ill - ‘sickened’ !!!) because we have done an awful thing, acting unthinkingly. Sso that we have hurt someone else's feelings or lost their trust in us.
We don't find it quite appropriate to encourage ourselves to feel good about ourselves in those circumstances - because our 'high' opinion of ourselves makes us feel disappointment in how we behaved. We want to hold ourselves to a higher standard than that.
In our language, we want to return to being our Better Self. We know we can! So "restorative justice" is what we want to DO. We want to feel better about ourselves, yes - but even more than that, we want to make up for what we did, we want to make the other person or people feel better, feel OK. We want to heal harm, restore trust, and have EVERYONE feeling better.
We love doing "restitution" - fixing what went a bit wrong back there.
We also have a song that we sing: "May we be filled with loving kindness, May all be well, May we be peaceful and at ease, May we be happy." That's the last verse - before that, we replace the "we" with “May you be - - -,” singing to the person we harmed in some way, then we sing to ourselves using "May I be - - -". This helps us feel not so bad about what we went and did back then, when we felt tired, impatient, frustrated, or simply mean-mindedly cross! - or any of the feelings you deal with so well. We need to be “understanding’ about ourselves and each other. We are growing to understand that feelings come unexpectedly, but feelings can change and be gone too.
[All this arises from me having previously used feelings I called "Mad, Bad, Sad or Glad" - for ease of them writing them! We used to check in on how much of each of those we're feeling right now, or had coursing through us when an incident occurred earlier in the day. I saw that feeling Bad is a strong feeling to deal with. They don't think it is low self esteem, So - more like high self esteem! They feel Bad that they have let themselves down, is what I'd describe it as.
Sorry my review is so LONG!

Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day

As an Elementary School Counselor, I have found this resource to be both useful and beneficial for the students I work with. I work in a Kindergarten- Grade 5 Elementary School, and I have found this resource to be helpful in small group work, as well as individual 1:1 counseling situations.
Thank you for creating this useful tool for children!

Kind Regards,
Mary Rennebohm
Clackamas River Elementary School
Estacada, Oregon

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Earth Day Pack
Lilach C. (Germantown, US)
Earth Day Yoga Card Bundle

I teach kids and youth yoga at schools and use the Kids Yoga Stories cards as visuals and for games. The Earth Day bundle was a great addition for our yoga sessions. The children engage and love the visual ideas, poses and add their own. We also use them to create a flow or start off conversations. Thanks Kids Yoga Stories!

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JILL A. (Reading, US)
Spring pack pleased

We really enjoy the new ideas and Themes all suited for this time of year and more. Practice progress fun.

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Rajni H. (Chicago, US)
Creative and innovative

I like Giselle yoga cards. They have so many different options to offer and my students enjoy all the themes. They enjoy being characters from the cards. The yoga poses are simple and come with explanatory descriptions.