5-4-3-2-1 Go!® Toolkit: Brain Blasters

Physical activity in the classroom helps students to be ready to learn and retain information. Brain blasters (also known as brain breaks, physical activity breaks or bursts, etc.) are designed to be short bouts of physical activity in small spaces.

It can seem a little intimidating to get kids up and active in the middle of other lessons and activities. However, once students are used to the routine this is a great way to keep them focused and energized. Here are a some suggestions to get you started:

  • Make sure the give the rules beforehand.
  • When you are about to finish, give a warning such as “this is the last word!” or “once we make one lap around the room go back to your seats.”
  • Consider a consistent “ending” action to activity breaks. For example, at the end have a “closing breath” where kids stand and taking a deep breath raising their arms over their heads and release their breath while bringing their arms down.

Brain Blaster Activities

Additional Resources

There are tons of physical activity break ideas at your fingertips. Look to these resources for more great Brain Blaster ideas: