5 Fast Arts-Focused Brain Breaks

By | 2017-09-25T10:09:30+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|

For many, this may be one of the last days before a holiday break.  And if you’re already on break, you know that when the students get back there will still be plenty of left-over excitement from the holidays.  This is a great time to provide some arts-focused and fun brain breaks in your classroom!


We want to maximize our time with students, but we also want to let loose and have a little fun.  And between the snow days and the huge amount of stressful testing coming up in a few short months, nobody wants to sit around for long.


I LOVE brain breaks.  These mini-strategies are a great way to get everyone up, moving and changing the pace.  They’re short (between 2-3 minutes) and offer a way for creativity and focus to intersect.


Engaging Students in Down Time with Brain Breaks

We use these throughout our online conferences because even though the day is packed with great information, sitting in one spot for 6+ hours is tough.  So we intersperse these little nuggets of fun throughout the day and it works wonders for our participants.  If it works for adults, imagine what it can do for your students!


The trouble with brain breaks is that sometimes, they are just about getting up and moving around.  I think that’s a lost opportunity!  Instead, you can use the break as a way to gently begin weaving the arts in and through your content.

Here are 5 of my favorite artful brain breaks for the classroom that make building that bridge a little easier:


Arts Focused Brain Breaks




We can all use a little break now and then.  Why not turn it into a way to explore the arts?  Here’s to some playful, creative and artful weeks ahead!

Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.

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  1. […] Sometimes, arts integration can be challenging.  You aren’t sure where to start, it might be scary to dedicate so much time to a whole new teaching approach, and you may even be nervous that the lesson won’t turn out the way you hoped.  All of that is perfectly normal!  Which is why I’m a huge advocate for integrating the arts with classroom brain breaks. […]

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