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Home Forums K-8 General Discussion Indoor Recess Suggestions Needed!

Indoor Recess Suggestions Needed!

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  • Brandi Jordan
    Teaching since: 1996
  • January 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Amanda, a Really Good Teacher from Maine, needs help!

    “I recently moved from Arizona to take a job teaching in Maine.  As you can imagine, the climate is A LOT different from what I’m used to. I need some new inside recess ideas STAT!”


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  • Classroom Teacher
    4th Grade
    Teaching since: 1994
  • January 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    You could play Hangman which a lot of students like and you can even change the game up with words that go with themes like STAR WARS! Students can play as individuals or groups. Another thing they love is old fashioned bingo with the basket rolling or even banannagrams!

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Elementary School
    Teaching since: 2003
  • January 17, 2017 at 1:35 am

    My favorite indoor recess activity is It gets kids moving and active with cool crazy songs without having to go outside. It’s also a good brain break activity!

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  • Classroom Teacher
    5th Grade
    Teaching since: 1999
  • January 17, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I was at a museum a few years ago, and my own children would not leave the Keva blocks table. We love these! So I used my EEF $ and bought a few sets. You should see the creative ways my students have built with these simple blocks.

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  • Classroom Teacher
  • January 17, 2017 at 11:57 am

    We use a few options, because we are very familiar with indoor recess. Here are some things we do: four corners, heads up seven up, GoNoodle, and simon says. You could also create your own “cake walk” like game with numbers, shapes, addition, letters, letter sounds, cvc words or sight words. Make them on laminated paper, place on the ground and have the kids walk around to music. When the music stops say a number, shape, letter, letter sound, cvc word or sight word. Those standing on that word stay and the rest sit down for the next round. Now, I would do 3 or 4 choices of each that you pick, so that a third or fourth are left standing. You can adjust it to fit your liking.

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Teaching since: 1993
  • January 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    We like to use Jack Hartmann videos to get the kids up and moving along with GoNoodle!  I also use indoor recess as a great time to spread the kids out in small groups to work on large floor puzzles that are usually to big to put together during Center Time.

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Teaching since: 2000
  • January 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    When we have indoor recess we use GoNoodle a lot, this gets them and gets moving.  Sometimes we also play heads down, thumbs up.  We have a large commons area in out pod where the kids go on days we have indoor recess, there are puzzles, games, coloring sheet, and we also have two foos ball tables.  I like activities that get the kids up and moving so they are expelling some of that energy.

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