Saturday, December 29, 2012

Brain Breaks are a BLAST!

Have you ever felt like you need to do a song and dance to get your kids to hear even one word you are saying? Yeah, me too! I figure if I have to do a song and dance, then they do too! We have started doing brain breaks and it has been a life saver! 

My friend Ali compiled a nice list of them at school and I decided to put them here for you too! This first one is my kids' favorite! It's the Gummy Bear Song and I like it too! It really wakes me up in the afternoon. 

  This one is Sid the Sloth from Ice Age. I like when they show you what the moves are because then we can really follow along.

This one is a Dance Along to the Dinosaur Stomp. It's another one that shows the kids how to do the steps. It seems like the ones where the kids just shake it out don't get as much participation.

If you liked the one above, then you can visit {Koo Koo Kanga Roo's YouTube channel} to check out some more!

I like this booty shakin' video from Madagascar 2 with the song "I Like to Move It."

The kids like these silly frogs too. This one is to "The Ding Dong Song". . .

 . . . and The Crazy Frog doing the "Cha Cha Slide," too.

Like I said, why are we the only ones doing the song and dance? Get those kids moving and see the learning sky rocket!

If you would like to check out some more videos, just visit my {Pinterest} board. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for new ones all the time. If you know of some other great brain break videos, leave me a comment and share the love!   

Hope you are all enjoying your time away. Be sure to relax so you will be ready for the long haul of January, February, and March!



  1. This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks so much for sharing!


  2. Hi Hilary
    My class loves brain break videos their favorite is boom chicka boom by the learning station on YouTube . Thanks for the new videos can't wait to try them.


  3. I found Koo Koo Kangaroo and my kids and I love them! The lyrics are so funny and the music just makes you want to get up and dance.

  4. That Sid Shuffle is hard! LOL Love this!
    Strive to Sparkle

  5. Gotta love the Cha Cha slide. I was introduced to this two summers ago! ~Tracy

    A Perfectly Poetic Page

  6. I just found your blog & I am always looking for new things to do for our Brain Breaks. We have been doing the Sid Shuffle & some yoga, but this will be a perfect addition. The kids will love it.
    Do you do anything will music & playlists for transitions in the day other than kids songs?
    Thanks again for this fabulous list. I will also be checking out your pinterest boards. Thanks, Jackie

  7. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Krazy for Kindergarten

  8. I teach multiple grades and usually use some of these when the kids are waiting in line for their teacher to return. These are some of the kids favorites:
    If you're a kid
    What I Am
    and surprisingly they keep asking for this Recycling It video

  9. I am SOOOO jealous. My district blocks youtube.
    Any ideas for plan B?

  10. @Connie-find the video you want on you tube at home-copy the link, go to and enter it in the download from this site box. Convert it to the type of file you need and burn them to a disc, viola! Videos for the classroom without the issues :)

  11. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless you!! I am a teacher in Costa Rica and need fun English for my students!!! You're the best!!!

  12. Wow! I teach ELD at the high school level and I think this will be SO MUCH FUN for my students. Can't wait to show them! Thank you so much! I'm so excited....:)


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