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Brain Break Activities with Instructions - White Background

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24 pages (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: F - 7

Signs and posters with games to play with your class when they need a quick brain break!

Print out the brain break activity signs and stick them on a paddle pop stick. Use these signs to indicate to your students what activity they will be doing.

Use the posters with instructions to remind the students what the activity is.

Brain break activities include:

  • topic talks
  • dance off
  • get in order
  • scissors paper rock
  • categories
  • open mic
  • heads and tails
  • celebrity heads
  • short film
  • heads down, thumbs up
  • story
  • buzz off
  • dead ants
  • musical statues
  • hot potato
  • silent ball
  • singing
  • simon says
  • bingo

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Lovely resource and SO helpful!

Zuriette Du Plessis · Dec 2nd, 2019

Hi Zuriette,

Thank you for such a nice comment! So glad to hear that you are enjoying this resource.

Tom (Teach Starter) · Dec 2nd, 2019

Hi. I think paragraph two in ‘Dance Off’ does not below – belongs to ‘Musical Statues’.
I could be wrong, I’ve never played ‘Dance Off’ before, but it doesn’t seem to fit.

Brittany Stubbs · Nov 21st, 2019

Hi there Brittany

Thank you for pointing this out to us. We’ve now updated the resource to reflect that change.

Kind regards


Janeen · Nov 22nd, 2019

Looking at your package of ice breakers reminded that I brought heads down thumbs up from Glasgow when I first came to Australia. I learned it there and when I arrived no one had heard of it. Now look what has happened! Amazing!

Augusta Monro · Jun 23rd, 2017

What a great idea!! Thanks!!!

Jasmina Sijerčić · Dec 9th, 2014

Open mic and Short film are the same activity. I am assuming the open mic description is the one thats wrong?

Georgina F · Oct 19th, 2014

Hi Georgina, we’ve updated that missing description from the Open Mic activity. You can download the new version now. Thanks, Shanelle.

· Oct 21st, 2014

Which plan are the Brain Break activities available with please?

Joadi · Aug 22nd, 2014

Hi Joadi. The Brain Break Activities are available with all plans. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m happy to help! Kind regards, Scott

· Aug 26th, 2014

Hi there. These resources are great however not all the games are present i.e. Singing, Story, Open Mic, Short Film and Get in Order. Am I missing something?!

bub2102 · Aug 17th, 2014

Hi bub2102, we’ve added the missing activities as requested. Feel free to download the new version now! Thanks.

· Aug 22nd, 2014

Thank you for reminding me of these activities we are so wrapped up in the Australian curriculum fun seems to have deserted us look out class I am coming in

Deborah Fuller · Jun 15th, 2014

You’re welcome Tara. Glad we could help!

· Nov 1st, 2013

Thank you for making my requested resource. Greatly appreciated!! 😀

· Oct 19th, 2013

Resource Updates

  • Distribute these role cards to your students to assist them in performing their reciprocal teaching role during reading groups. The reciprocal teaching roles explained on the cards include:

    • the questioner
    • the clarifier
    • the predictor
    • the summariser.
    Check out our blog for hints and tips on how to set up guided reading in the classroom.

    by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Jun 19th, 2017

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