Simple Fitness Ideas & Brain Breaks for the Classroom


brain breaks classroomCommon knowledge from educational materials suggest that a student’s attention span is as long as their age. As adults, we know that we should get up and move every 50 minutes. The trend today is less sitting and more moving. Standing desks, foot fidgets, desk cycles are just a few ways teachers are updating their classrooms. For our students, it’s also about allowing students to break at that natural point that coincides with the end of their attention span. This is generally known as a brain break. Brain breaks are a great way to help students get some movement and refresh so they can focus and learn to their full ability. Below are some brain breaks or fitness ideas that work well in short bursts.

The “No Sitting” Classroom

This idea may sound radical, but it is based on the notion that the majority of what students retain is done through kinesthetic learning. A classroom where students are in constant movement sounds out there, but it is worth considering for one subject or a portion of class and see how it goes. While students are learning, you can have them switch desks after a reading section, math problem, or other natural breaking point. Continue reading

Classroom Book Activity – Arthur’s Thanksgiving


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Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Story Summary:

It’s time for Thanksgiving! Arthur has been picked to be the director and cast the roles of his school play. All his friends want to be the star of the show, but no one wants to be the Turkey!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug and read the story Arthur’s Thanksgiving, by Marc Brown.
  • After reading, explain to the class that they will be doing an activity where they have to write about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Continue reading

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Give your toddler the perfect gifts for the holiday! Here are 10 hand picked items from one of our S&S associates.
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1. Paperback Classics Book Set

This year my son has a huge fascination with reading (and not always to extend bedtime!) He really enjoys reading new books as well as helping to recite some of his favorites. I love this pack of paperback books because it includes so many classics that I also enjoyed as a child. Continue reading

MyPlate Activities for Middle School Health Class


myplate activity healthI have some students this year with extreme Latex allergies that have been unable to participate in some of the kinesthetic learning activities incorporated in our Middle School Health class. Thus, the challenge to locate a Latex-free ball became a major target that I wanted to aim for before this school year ended. Hours of my time before and after school was filled with both phone calls and researching to attempt to locate allergen-free physical activity products. When I finally discovered that S&S Worldwide made some Latex-free products, I began celebrating! Finally!!! I was so excited that these Latex-free gator balls would actually be able to be touched by those allergy-prone students. The first time that one of my students was able to join in the game, the entire group of 8th graders began clapping simultaneously. This young man’s life was socially, mentally, emotionally and physically improved because of this.

Here are a few of the games we play in the classroom once we have accomplished our Health Objective. Continue reading

5 Thanksgiving Games to Add to Your Activity Calendar


thanksgiving games activity directorWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, get your residents excited and active during the holiday season by scheduling fun facility-wide competitions. Here are a few Thanksgiving games from to get you started.

Turkey Bowl

Instead of playing the traditional game of football during this time of the year, challenge residents to a game of bowling – turkey bowling! To play, simply modify your existing bowling pins by taping feathers to the back of each pin. In addition, consider setting up several bowling games in your Activity Room to encourage more people to play. To make it even more fun, the day before the competition, divide residents into teams and encourage team members to dress alike for the competition (e.g., all wear red shirts or all wear baseball caps – an item that they all have) to encourage “team unity.” Afterwards, award mini trophies to the winning Turkey Bowl team. Continue reading

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