What are Brain Breaks for Children?
A Brain Break is a simple mental and/or physical activity that helps to re-energize or re-engage the brain. Brain Breaks are usually performed in a classroom or learning setting, but can also be used at home with largely the same effect. It will be important to use Brain Breaks if you do not use them already, especially if you are distance learning. In traditional school, children sit an awful lot these days. With some schools in the country limiting recess, reducing or even cutting PE classes, and placing a larger focus on test scores (and test prep), children are spending a lot more time just sitting (so are we).
How Long Is a Brain Break?
Most brain breaks range from around 5 to 20 minutes as a general rule. I prefer to keep them short and on point (5 minutes). I find that short breaks are helpful when teaching children to manage their emotions. Short breaks are also great in the middle of transitions. For maximum success, it’s usually best to combine a physical activity that will compliment mental energy.
The Benefits of Brain Breaks for Children
As we all know, children have an endless supply of energy and it is not always displayed at the right time. If you find that children are unfocused (daydreaming or off-tasks) or disruptive, a brain break might be just what they need. It will help you to regain control while also re-focusing the children’s minds and sense of clarity. The benefits of using Dr. Gwen’s Brain Break Kit includes helping children to be calmer, more focused, and reduce stress. An added bonus is that it is not electronic. We could all use a break from electronics. The kit also comes in a take along bag that is washable.
When implemented at the right time and used appropriately, brain breaks are a valuable and beneficial tool. You know your child better than anyone. It is up to you to choose when the best time is to use brain breaks and the desired outcome you want to achieve.
How To Take A Brain Break
There are a variety of ways for children to take Brain Breaks. You can take any of the ideas in Dr. Gwen’s Brain Break Kit and change them to fit your unique needs. Over time you will discover that your child (ren) prefer some brain break activities to others. They will have favorites and you will too! It helps to use a variety of activities and to tailor them to specific outcomes. If you are trying to get your child to liven up it is advisable to use a physical brain break to get them up and moving. If the goal is to regain a sense of control, it makes more sense to use a brain break that forces them to concentrate but also keeps them calm and quiet. It really is up to you and what works best for you and your child.
Watch the short video below that shows the contents of Dr. Gwen’s Brain Break Kit. I have also provided a link to a longer FB Live video on YouTube that discusses the kit in more detail. There is also a link to purchase the kit if you choose to do so.
I would love to hear back from you with any feedback so please share your thoughts or comments below.
Peace & Blessings ~ Dr. Gwen