Brain breaks are short activities, often only 1-3 minutes long, that help kids get ready to learn or refocus on the task at hand. They often involve physical activity and movement though relaxing activities can also boost mental brain power. 

So in addition to encouraging your kids to participate in these fun breaks, join the kiddos and have some refreshing, stress-free fun yourself, too! 

Supplies needed: 

Your pet  

Here’s what you do: 

Take a break and let your pet know you love them. You can play catch, have them chase their favorite toy, take them for a walk or even cuddle with them. Right now, our pets need attention and love. They are confused with everyone being home all the time so let them know you are happy they are part of the family.

Challenge extensions:

Make a special homemade treat for your pet. Here are several recipes with 5 or less ingredients for different pets that you can make with your family: 

Dogs treats 

Cat treats

Hamster treats

Bunny treats

The “why” behind the challenge: 

Routine play sessions encourage your pet to use all of their cognitive functions, and the more your pet uses their brain, the less destructive and anxious they’ll feel. Reward your pet with a special treat to encourage behavior you like. 

Further reading recommendations:  

Who Wants a Tortoise? by Dave Keane; illustrated by K.G. Campbell 

Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie; illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino