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Great Brain Break Videos for Kids

First of all, what exactly is a brain break?

A brain break is simply a short, engaging activity that teachers and parents can use to refresh and refocus a child’s attention (this should be less than 5 minutes). A brain break should get the blood pumping and the brain working!

And why are brain breaks important?

Regular brain breaks enhance attentiveness, concentration and focus. They accelerate learning by allowing children to release their energy, anxiety and stress.  Brain breaks also increase circulation and promote physical fitness and coordination.

There are a heap of YouTube channels providing excellent Brain Break videos and resources for children. Here are just a few of them: 

Debbie Doo Kids

Debbie Doo’s music and videos are perfect for Brain Breaks at school as they are written for toddlers, kindergarten, preschool and elementary school age kids. Each video strengthens language and speaking skills and fine and gross motor skills. Debbie Doo song’s explore different style of music and promotes adult/child interaction.  Debbie Doo’s videos help to build fitness using dance moves that promote a child’s health, coordination and most importantly happiness!

Check out the following video, Let’s Star Jump!

Click on the following link to access Debbie Doo’s videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/DebbieDooTV/featured

The Learning Station

Visit this YouTube channel for learning fun, educational videos and mostly brain breaks for children. These videos feature active participation, nursery rhymes, brain breaks for the classroom, learning videos, educational songs, dance and action songs for children. This channel is geared towards babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children.

Check out the brain break video below, Shake Your Sillies Out.

Click on the following link to access a number of Brain Break Songs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh-1JU15_Ti6lupVpfIrLNKb8Pef-jabS

Cosmic Kids Yoga 

This YouTube channel includes yoga and mindfulness videos made especially for  children. The videos are around 24 minutes long and are interactive adventures following dinosaurs, mermaids, wizards that help to build strength, balance and confidence. Explore the channel to find videos appropriate for different ages and different mental states (bravery, calming concentration).

Check out the video below; an adventure following Tiny, the T-Rex, who learns about looking after his teeth.

To access all videos; follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga/featured

 

 

 

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Helping kids also helps families

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Sometimes we can get so focused on helping children become more resilient and capable in their life that we forget that by helping children we can help others around them. James Ryan found this out recently with one the kids that he taught the Mind in a Bottle techniques to.

For those who are not familiar with Mind in a Bottle (also called Mind Jar) it uses a bottle or jar filled with water, glue (to make the water thicker) and glitter. If you shake the bottle the water looks like it is completely filled with the glitter floating around. The glitter represents our thoughts when we are agitated, anxious or angry. However if you we put the bottle down, wait and watch, then the glitter will settle down to the bottom of the bottle leaving the water clear, just like our mind when we relax.

The core technique taught with Mind in a Bottle are four relaxation steps.

  1. Stopping
  2. Watching the bottle
  3. Breathing
  4. Shifting attention to other things

One of the kids James taught this technique loved it because she took her bottle home and when her father became upset and agitated, she would said “Dad, look at the bottle, it is your mind. Watch the bottle until the water is clear”.

This blog provides more information on how to make a mind in a jar or bottle http://www.herewearetogether.com/2011/06/27/another-mind-jar/