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Brain Breaks for Body and Mind

By
Julie Barber,   Hillsdale Elementary School
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Physical Activity Participation, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Brain Breaks for Body and Mind

Our school is brand new this year! Wow, the building was fabulous but the playground was unfinished, small and overcrowded! There was only a small amount of blacktop, a very small play set and NO grass! We needed an alternative to outdoor recess that still allowed students to get up and move. We put together some Brain Break Buckets! Big plastic tubs with balls, jump ropes, jump sticks, cones, hopscotch rugs, beach balls, fishing games and MORE! We were able to get one for each grade level. The Brain Break Buckets are for teachers to get out and use anytime they feel their class needed a break! These are especially helpful when we are indoors for recess due to weather. If a teacher says they need an activity for their students that need to move I just remind them to use the Brain Break Buckets!

How did you accomplish your goals?

First of all, I just wanted to get the program started. Opening a new school and getting ready just 3 days before school started was a challenge! Everyone has felt like they have not been able to catch up! So I decided to submit the grant and planned for our kickoff in the spring. We wanted to make it easy for the teachers and easy for the kids so we opted for something pretty low key. My goals were to get it started and bring awareness of the program to the staff, students and parents.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We decided to have a week of Food Group Color dress up days, questions of the day, a poster contest, drawings for prizes, and Caught you Being Healthy tickets. There were drawings using the Question of the Day answer slips and Caught You Being Healthy tickets. Students helped by selecting names, supplying teachers with needed items, creating posters, reading Food Facts and The Question of the Day on the announcements and participating in activities throughout the week.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The Brain Break Buckets can be an endless supply of fun as an alternative to outdoor recess or just for anytime a teacher feels her class needs a break! As things wear out, or as needed, we can add more items.