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!
Two or more people – one Leader, one or more Followers
How to Play Simon Says
The Leader says “Simon Says’ followed by a direction such as “touch your toes.” The Follower then does the direction. On the other hand, if the Leader does not say “Simon Says.” the Follower does not do the direction.
Some Simon Says Actions to Get You Started
Turn around in a circle
Hop to the right
Wiggle your fingers
Stick out your tongue
Make a happy face
Moo like a cow
Run in place
Wink your left eye
- Leader can try to make the game more difficult by speeding up the pace
- Leader may call out multi-step directions
- Make a visual choice board of Simon Says commands
- Flip your roles of leader and follower
The Why” behind the Activity:
Simon Says is a classic game that’s as important for kids today as it ever was. While it’s great for kids to practice following and giving instructions, it’s also helpful in developing body awareness and motor skills too. The game also benefits kids in their self-regulation skills which can support the development of language and literacy skills.
Check out these books for more classic game fun!
The Kids’ Guide to Classic Games by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
If You Like Exploring, Adventuring, or Teamwork Games, Try This! by Daniel Mauleón
Unplugged Play. Preschool: 233 Activities & Games for Ages 3-5 by Bobbi Conner