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    By Nicholettev

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    I have brain breaks everyday (about 3 a day). Each game I play for about 2 minutes to 10 minutes depending on the time of day. Something to keep in mind is that having the students have state changes is almost as good as playing a game. So, make sure that the kiddos are not seating at their desk for any length of time or you will lose them. Have them move from the carpet to their desks to another person's desk, etc. throughout the day.

    Here are some quick games to play:

    Keep It Up- Have the kids toss around a beach ball trying to not let it hit the ground.
    Class Volleyball- Same type of game as above but have the kids pass the ball back and forth from one side of the room to another.
    Plates- Have kids all put a paper plate on their head. Have them move about the room. If their plate falls, they are frozen and someone else has to bend down without having their plate fall off their head and put it on a classmates head. The object is to keep everyone in the game.
    Simon Says- I am sure you know how this one works.
    Heads Up & Up- 7 kids are up in front of the classroom and all others have their heads on their desks with their thumbs up. Each of the 7 tap one person and they put their thumb down. Once all students choose one person, you say "heads up- 7 up" Those 7 stand and try to figure out who picked them.
    Telephone- All students sit in a circle and one person whispers a message in another's ear. It gets passed around until the last person hears it and shares out.
    Relay Races- You could do all sorts of things with this.
    Cross Lateral Moves- Have the kids move by doing cross lateral things such as touching the left shoulder or knee with the right hand, etc.
    Dance- Play music and have the kids dance

    Those are just a few. Let me know if you would like more.


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