Bear Brain BreaksKids fidget and wiggle in the classroom so much that they have trouble paying attention. They can't focus on instructions or get distracted by what their classmates are doing. Sometimes, brain breaks are a tool that can help with sensory needs in the classroom. We used a favorite childhood book to come up with bear themed brain breaks that can be used alongside the book in a movement and learning activity or in a bear-themed classroom activities. Not long ago, we shared more brain break ideas that you might like to add to your classroom.
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Have you read the book, "Time for Sleep" by Denise Fleming? My kids loved to hear about all of the animals as they prepared for sleep over the winter. We decided to try a few bear gross motor moves based on the book.
Bear Brain Breaks
Stretches and whole-body movements that happen in a calm manner are a great way to prepare for sleep, so these activities went along nicely with the bear in the book as well as the getting ready for sleep theme.
If you are looking for more bedtime stretches, we shared some based on another children's book.
This is such a fun book to read with kids. It would go along perfectly with a bear theme in your classroom. Try adding some gross motor movement activities based on the book.
Kids can then use the bear themed brain breaks throughout their day when it seems the classroom or individual students need a movement break.
I have provided a free printable that would go along perfectly for teaching the classroom about these bear brain breaks. They can be cut up and laminated for the children to pull out of a cup. Or, add them to a key ring for bear themed movement activities.
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Using these bear brain breaks, kids can stretch, roll, reach, climb, and crawl like a bear. There are eight bear themed movement activities included that allow kids to move with a bear theme.
Read the book Time for Sleep and try the movement activities!