Saturday, February 8, 2014

Indoor Recess Survival Kit

I don't know about you, but the weather where we are has NOT been cooperating! I can think of only a handful of times my kiddies have been outside for recess in the past month.  This creates a HUGE problem.  My kids need to move!  I wanted to share some of my students' favourite activities to do to get the wiggles out.  Hopefully you can use them to make the upcoming week of school go more smoothly.

Our favourite brain break in my class is any of the "Just Dance Videos" on Youtube.  @MauiMickey and the fabulous people at #kinderchat have created many Symbaloos using Safeshare.  Safeshare is a website that you can use to take out almost all of the advertisements and commercials of your Youtube videos.  You never know what could pop up after showing a video on Youtube.  This ensures that the video is safe to show to your kids.  The following symbaloos have already been converted to Safeshare.

Just Dance 1 Smbaloo

Just Dance 2 Symbaloo

Another great set of videos to get the kids' blood pumping is Adventures To Fitness.  Adventures To Fitness are free physical activity videos that incorporate the common core and have the feel of  a video game.  If you have boys in your class that don't like to dance, these videos will be a hit with them.  Thank you to my husband @mrwideen for creating the following Symbaloo with Safeshare.     

Yoga anyone?  How about yoga for kids with Cosmic Kids Yoga?  Grab a mat and try this Symbaloo created by Cosmic Kids.

                                                                  Cosmic Kids Yoga

If you don't have a projector or screen to show videos on, how about a couple of fun activities for your students to do during indoor recess?

I love this idea I found on Pinterest.  Arrange the classroom with lasers!  All day have students avoid the "laser beams."  Lots of climbing throughout the day!

I also love the idea of using red solo cups to build structures.  Put a few packs of cups in a box and voila, you have a fun building center that can be taken or knocked down in seconds!

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you and arm you with some tricks up your sleeves for the next indoor recess!


  1. These are wonderful ideas! Indoor recess is a must sometimes but all that energy pent up is hard to handle! Thank you for posting it.

  2. Great videos! I need more since we are in Wisconsin and this winter has been brutal! We love Koo Koo Kangaroo dancers, but need some more. Thanks for sharing!