As many of you know I am a Mom who also happens to be a teacher. It amazes me how much being a parent helps me be a better teacher and vice-versa. One thing I have always done with my students at school is give them brain breaks. I have also started doing them with my girls at home. When it comes to brain breaks it can be anything really that breaks up the mundane thing you are already doing or it can be a distraction for undesireable behavior. Instead of showing you one pin where my inspiration comes from, I am going to link you my whole brain break board on pinterest.
Here are a few of my favorites!
For little kids anything by Jim Gill is fantastic!
Check him out at www.jimgill.com
Jim Gill has 5 or 6 CD’s filled with songs that my kids BEG for regularly. They are fairly short with motions that are self explanatory. I Took a Bath in the Washing Machine is by far the most requested song at my house and classroom. A close second is List of Dances where kids do the tall and the small, the creep and the sleep. Super fun and always entertaining. If you ever have a chance to take kids to a Jim Gill Concert DO IT! I promise you will not regret it!
Youtube has been a life saver in the brain break department! Here are some fun youtube videos we use in our school:
Just Dance also has a TON of youtube videos that the students and my own toddler enjoy.
I hope you and your little ones enjoy some fun dancing and giggling at home! Let me know if you have any hidden youtube gems that would be great for first graders or toddlers!