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9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.

May 25, 2021 Updated May 26, 2021

Want even more brain break ideas? This video was inspired by these lists of tried and true activities from educators Lori Desautels, Jenn Larson, and Elizabeth Mulvahill. To learn more about the research cited in the video, read the 2012 article by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Joanna A. Christodoulou, and Vanessa Singh, “Rest Is Not Idleness: Implications of the Brain’s Default Mode for Human Development and Education.”

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