Last updated on April 22nd, 2020 at 04:28 pm
What is a Brain Break?
Everyone needs brain breaks throughout the day. Whether we’re talking about adults concentrating on their work or kids focused on schoolwork, we all need to step away from that intense focus for short periods. These breaks during the work or school day reduce stress and will actually help us pay more attention and be more productive when we go back to our tasks. If you’re becoming frustrated or stressed, then you know you really need a break! When you see your child getting fidgety or bored, that means they’re ready for a brain break.
Brain breaks can be relaxing and quiet or energizing and fun. Energizing brain breaks are a great way for kids to release pent up energy. Then they can refocus on schoolwork or homework.
How Often Should Kids Take Brain Breaks?
Children need breaks every 10 to 15 minutes for younger children and every 20 to 30 minutes for middle school and high school students. These breaks only need to be three to five minutes long, and then kids are ready to get back on track.
Here’s a brain break printable to make homework (or homeschool) time a little more fun. When it’s time to step away and refocus, just roll the dice to see which activity your child will do during their break. You can check off the activities as your child does them.
Click below to print your Brain Break Chart. (It will print full-size. You can also fit it to your page size.)
Need more brain break ideas? Try these–
- Set a two or three-minute timer, and dance!
- Touch your elbow to the opposite knee. (Then switch sides.)
- Do shoulder shrugs.
- Make circles with your arms–big and small.
- Play rock, paper, scissors with a friend.
- Sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes–and do the actions.
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