Saturday 20 October 2012

Brain Breaks Freebie

I'm sure all you teachers have seen "Brain Breaks" cards and lollipop sticks all over blog-land and Pinterest. Just in case you haven't (and for the non teachers!) the idea behind them is that you have a stack of ideas for activities and games for when your class need to give their brains a little break. They'll still be using their brains of course but in a more fun way! Some of the best ones are very active and give a noisy class a chance to burn off some energy before settling back down to work.

Of course there's no reason why you couldn't adapt these for use at home too! I'll include the word doc at the end so you can edit them so they are most useful for you and your kids!

You can absolutely make these just by writing the names of the activities on lollipop sticks. It'll be much quicker for sure. But I'm not sure they'll look quite as cute. And I have done most of the hard work for you! Plus the problem with just writing them on sticks is that you have to learn off the rules for each game. This way you'll have a cute picture on one side and a brief explanation on the back. Easy!

Brain Breaks free download

I've divided the activities into categories and colour coded them because I'm like that. :) And it will make life much easier! Sometimes you might want to focus on maths skills so you can purposefully choose a maths activity. There's also a few that involve the kids getting out of their seats, something you might not always have time and space for so you might want to avoid them!

Here's a list of the activities I've included:

Blue: Binary Fun (Maths) - Pop, Group Count, Coin Drop
Green: Get Out of Your Seat - Shoulder to Shoulder, Get in Order, Circles, Body Spelling, True or False
Orange: Oratory Activities (Literacy) - Categories, Fictionary, Sky Writing, Frozen Vocabulary
Purple: Pulse Raisers (High Energy) - Air Guitar, Action Dice, Memory Jump
Red: Random - Rainstorm, Open Mic, Yoga

All you have to do is print, cut and stick! I printed mine on photo paper as my laminator is broken and I wanted them to look glossy, but paper or card would work fine either.

Classroom Brain Break Activities

There are of course hundreds of other activities that you could add. So do send me a link if you make some new ones of your own! :) Or leave me a comment with some ideas and I'll try add them in. And if any of the descriptions don't make sense let me know!

Click here to download your own Brain Breaks!
(And if you like them and want to show your appreciation by clicking on a few ads I promise to keep supplying you with free stuff for your classroom! :)

*If you'd like some more freebies be sure to follow blog and TPT store and check back in every Friday for a new freebie! Here's what you've missed so far - Friday Freebie #1, Friday Freebie #2, Friday Freebie #3, Friday Freebie #4.  

Things I've Learnt:
- Always proof read before printing on expensive photo paper! I forgot to change the colours so my maths and literacy ones as mixed up. :( Don't worry I've changed it now though so yours will be fine!
- These can be used when the class is losing focus on the task at hand, as a classroom management technique.
- They're also great as a reward when the class have been very well behaved. Or an individual reward for one child who gets to select the "brain break".
- Try using them as early finisher activities for small groups too.
- There's lots of commercial games that you could use in a similar way if you don't have the time to make these. I love the look of Cranium Brain Breaks for example.


  1. These are great! Thank you so much for sharing! I know my kiddos will love using these. =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit me.

    Heather's Heart

  2. Yay! I can't wait to use these! I'm linked up, too! I'm so happy to have found your blog.

    Your newest follower,
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  3. Thanks guys! :) I'd love to hear how you get on with them in class!

  4. Thanks for sharing. This is just what I need as the kids start to get in that Fall craziness. I found your blog through classroom freebies. I would love it if you would come check my blog out. I have a noun freebie up right now.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Klass

  5. Awesome..thank you!!! I was just thinking that I needed to make some of you have made it super easy!

    Teachery Tidbits

    1. Ha ha I aim to please! :) Hope they work out well for you!

  6. brain breaks are oh so necessary - thanks for the printable
    happy to be your newest follower

    rubberboots and elf shoes

  7. So cute! I have a set of brain breaks, but it's so hard to remember all the different games behind them. Maybe I need to go through them and add a little at a time.

    EmilyI Love My Classroom

  8. Hi,

    Thank you so much for these brain breaks. These will be so awesome to use as transitions.

    P.S. I clicked on ads for you, so you can keep posting amazing free things!

  9. Thanks so much for the great resource!


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