25 First Grade Brain Breaks To Boost Energy

Get moving and shaking!

Collage of video stills of first grade brain breaks for the classroom.

Feel like you’ve been talking non-stop for hours? Has everyone’s energy gone down the drain? Are you struggling to get anyone’s attention? Might be a good time for a physical and mental breather! To help you get started, check out this list of first grade brain breaks!

1. Pizza Man

Cheesy, good fun!

2. Dinosaur Stomp

“Pick up your foot and stomp it!”

3. The Cat Came Back

Thought he was a goner!

4. Get Yo Body Movin’

“Everybody here, let me see you bounce!”

5. Grey Squirrel Song


“Swoosh your bushy tail” with one of our fave first grade brain breaks!

6. Shake Yo Foot

Shake, shake, shake!

7. Animals In The Ocean

“The sharks in the ocean go chomp, chomp, chomp!”

8. Slow Motion Machine

Let’s sloooooow it down…

9. Banana Banana Meatball

“Patterns made of shapes, patterns made of grapes!”

10. Hopscotch (Dance-A-Long)

“We’re going hop, hop, hop!”

11. The Pirate Life

Climb aboard a pirate ship!

12. This or That

What will you choose?

13. The Sid Shuffle

Learn the moves to the coolest dance craze in the Ice Age!

14. Cat Party

“P-A-R-T-Y — it’s a party, hey!”

15. Would You Rather?

Zero equipment needed for this quick energizer game!

16. Do The Yeti


Move with Migo from Smallfoot!

17. The Ants Go Marching

Boom, boom, boom!

18. KIDZ BOP Shuffle

To the right, to the right, to the left, to the left!

19. All I Eat Is Pizza

“I’ve got cheese on my fingers!”

20. Clap It Out

“Count, count, count some syllables!”

21. Positivity

“Gotta dream, you’ll do anything to make it happen!”

22. Move Your Legs

Move them all around with this first grade brain break!

23. Get Up to Get Down

“I like to feel the beat!”

24. Rainbow Breath

Recharge with mindfulness.

25. I’m Talkin’ about the Weekend!

Those precious days at the end of the week!

Have any first grade brain breaks to share? Post in the comments below!

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25 First Grade Brain Breaks To Boost Energy