After School Brain Breaks Activities and SnacksAfter a long day of school, kids come home and are exhausted! They've just plowed through 8 hours of schedules, sitting, chatter, and brain overload. Then, we pull them from the bus and pile a stack of homework in front of them!
Ok, maybe not a STACK, but a worksheet and math facts can seem pretty overwhelming after a long day.
Kids need a transition. How do you separate the school day from the safety of home and carefree playtime?
Brain Breaks offer a child the chance to re-group and re-center themselves after a period of quiet time work. After focusing on the school day's requirements, a movement-focused activity can offer a child a brain break.
What are Brain Breaks?Incorporating movement into learning provides children with a chance to re-energize and improves learning and the ability to focus. Brain Breaks are quick movement activities that involve mid-line crossing. There are many articles and research done touting the benefits of active play and cognition. Brain Breaks are a way to allow the brain to shift gears to physical activity.
After School Brain Breaks
Typically, brain breaks are incorporated into periods of learning. In this post, I'm sharing ideas to jump start learning and homework tasks. After school, kids usually walk or ride home from school. They get a chance to move around, and get thier wiggles out. These ideas are perfect for incorporating into learning tasks, but can also be used to start off a table-top learning or homework task. Maybe your child does one math worksheet and still has spelling words to practice. Ease the transition between subjects with a mini-brain break.
Use these Brain Break ideas during a homeschool day, in between homework tasks, or to change things up a bit and take a mini break while practicing math facts!
Homework Brain Breaks & Healthy Snack
My kids hop off the school bus and are famished. So, snack time was my main motivator in this brain break activity. Now. A fun movement activity would be sure to bring on the smiles at the end of a long school day, but many times, we need to get homework started before playtime begins.
Easy Brain Break ideas:
(These are movement based activities with a bit of proprioception added in)
- Play hopscotch
- Simon Says
- Dance party
- Touch elbows to opposite knees
- Jumping Jacks
- Wall push-ups
- Big hugs
- Crab Walks
- Bear crawls
- Wheelbarrow walking
To start our homework, I usually give my starving kids a snack and get started on the homework. What I've found though, is getting a bit of active movement into our day before we settle down to work helps so much with my kids' concentration.
So, how do you add a brain break to your after-school routine?
I am always looking for healthy snacks for my kids, so the Orchard Valley Harvest trail mixes were a healthy option that I grabbed up while shopping at Walmart.
We tried a few types: Cranberry Almond Cashew Trail Mix, Dark Chocolate Almonds, and Chocolate Raisin Nut Trail Mix really caught my eye. The chewiness of raisins and cranberries and the crunch of nuts are perfect for proprioceptive input in snacks. Read more about proprioception here. Adding a proprioceptive snack to our brain break activity was a great way to start homework time.
I cut a few circles to fit small plastic bowls. On the circles, I wrote out a few brain break activities, like "Dance Party" and "Skip around the house".
Place the paper circles in the bottom of the snack cups and fill with a healthy snack. Your kids can eat the snack and when they get to the bottom of the bowl, they can read the message an complete the brain break. The message alone brought smiles to my kids' faces, but when we started on the dance party, there were giggles, too!
My kids gobbled up their Orchard Valley Harvest trail mixes and here excited to start on homework after a quick active activity!
A few more things about Orchard Valley Harvest snacks:
- They are a great alternative to chips or other snacks, and perfect or after school hungry kids, or Moms who need a mid-day pick-me-up.
- I learned quite a bit about Orchard Valley Harvest, including the act that the nuts and fruits are harvested at their peak and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, with minimal processing.
- The product line is a non-GMO project verified snack.
- The trail mixes and chocolate covered almonds are packaged in a convenient Grab & Go sizes and Multipacks to make snacking on-the-go easy.
- You can find the products in the produce section of Walmart.
- For more information on the Orchard Valley Harvest product line, visit www.orchardvalleyharvest.com.
The Orchard Valley Harvest snack packs are so convenient, that you'll want to grab them and snack during busy weekdays, while dropping kids off at activities, or while out shopping. Toss a bag into lunch boxes or diaper bags for a quick and healthy snack.
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