No matter where you live, those days when the words “indoor recess” are spoken over the loudspeaker there’s an instant feeling of dread. Have no fear! We have three really good indoor recess activities that will help you stay sane while helping your students burn off some of that extra energy.
3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters
1. Fitness Circuit
You may be indoors, but you can still have a mini-fitness circuit in your classroom. Push the desks to the center of the room to make room for five different fitness stations. Divide your students into five groups. At each station they are responsible for doing a certain number of repetitions per exercise before they receive a stamp or sticker on their “Fitness Log”. You may want to have centers such as: Super Sit-ups, Perfect Push-ups, Terrific Toe-Touches, Joyful Jogging, and Lotus Focus. If you are especially enthusiastic, put on some kid-friendly exercise music as they work through their centers. Have a timer handy to indicate when it is time to move on to the next station.
2. Dance Party Room 101
While the thought of your class dancing for 20 minutes may seem a bit over the top, it is a great way for them (and you!) to burn off some energy. Put on a mix of kid-friendly songs, push the desks to the side of the room, and have a fun dance party. Be sure to wind up the fun with a couple of less energy filled songs to help your students begin to calm down. You will find that they are more attentive now that their blood is flowing and lessons should go much smoother in the afternoon.
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3. Crazy Cleaners
Who says cleaning is no fun? When you make it game for your students, you can quickly get your classroom organized and cleaned in no time. Divide your students in groups: Library, Centers, Computer Area, Writing Center, etc. The more involved the clean-up process is for the area, the more students there should be to help clean it. When the timer indicates that recess is over, your classroom will look neat and tidy. Reward your students with an extra bump toward a pizza party reward that they are earning or additional tickets for the class store.
What are some of your favorite energy blaster tricks for indoor recess? Share them with us below!