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Quick 2 mins Movement Activities like Brain Gym?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by angelatreneman, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Hi, Does anyone happen to have a list of quick 2 minute movement activities, like Brain Gym? I am a NQT and have bought far too many books to justify buying another! Would love to have a list to hand to give children quick, playful breaks throughout the day. Thanks! PS If not, could you post what you do here and I will put a list together.
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    10 Free Brain Gym Exercises

    1) Cross Crawl, another of the brain gym exercises that helps with spelling, writing, listening,
    reading and comprehension by coordinating the right & left brain.
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    * Stand or sit. Place your right hand across the body to the left
    knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on
    the right knee just as if you were marching. Do this for 2 - 3 minutes.

    2) Brain Buttons This free brain exercise increases blood
    flow to the brain. The extra blood flow, the extra water, switches the
    brain ON, improves attention required for learning & performing.

    * Position one hand so that there is as wide a space as possible between the thumb and index finger, like a large letter “L.”

    * Place your index and thumb into the slight indentations below
    the collar bone on each side of the sternum. Press lightly in a pulsing

    * At the same time put the other hand over the navel area of the stomach. Gently press on these points for about 2 minutes.

    3) Lazy 8s improves visual attention & eye mobility needed for reading.

    *Align body with a point at eye level. This will be the midpoint of the 8.

    * Choose a comfortable position for drawing the Lazy 8, adjusting the width and height to fit your needs.

    * Start on the midline and moves counterclockwise first, up, over, and around. Then move clockwise:
    up, over, around, and back to the beginning midpoint.

    * As the eyes follow the Lazy 8, the head moves slightly and the
    neck remains relaxed. Three repetitions with each hand separately and
    then both together.

    4) Arm Activation, one of our free brain exercises, helps increase attention span.

    * Reach up above your head with your left arm, lengthening from
    your rib cage. Hold your arm just below the elbow with your right hand.

    * Now isometrically activate your left arm for a few seconds in
    each of four positions away from your head, forward, backward, and
    toward your ear. Rest your left arm again at your side. Now stand and
    let your arms hang comfortably by your sides.

    5) Hook Ups are an example of how effects of exercise include improvement of mood, lessening of anxiety.

    * Stand or sit with the right leg crossed over the left at the ankles.

    * Take your right wrist and cross it over the left wrist and link up the fingers so that the right wrist is on top.

    * Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the
    body until they rest on the sternum (breast bone) in the center of the
    chest. Stay in this position.

    * Keep the ankles crossed and the wrists crossed and then breathe
    evenly in this position for a few minutes. You should feel noticeably
    calmer after that time.

    6) Thinking Caps helps with spelling, short-term memory, listening ability & abstract thinking.

    * Perform this brain training exercise by using your thumb and index finger to gently pull and unroll the outer part of the ear, starting from the top and slowly moving to the lobe. Pull the lobe gently. Repeat three times.

    7) Calf Pumps improves concentration, attention, comprehension, imagination and endurance.
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    * Reap the beneficial effects of this exercise by standing, arms length away from a wall, placing your hands (shoulder-width apart) against it.

    * Extend your left leg straight out behind you so that the ball
    of your foot is on the floor and your heel is off the floor and your
    body is slanted at 45 degrees.

    * Exhale, leaning forward against the wall while also bending
    your right heel and pressing your left heel against the floor. The more
    you bend the front knee, the more lengthening you will feel in the back
    of your left calf.

    * Inhale and raise yourself back up while relaxing and raising
    the left heel. Do three or more times, completing a breath with each
    cycle. Alternate to the other leg and repeat.

    8) The Elephant is a brain training exercise that activates all areas of the mind/body system & is highly recommended for children with attention deficit disorder.

    * Place the left ear on the left shoulder then extending the left
    arm like the trunk of an elephant with knees relaxed, draw the infinity
    sign (crossing up in the middle) in front of you. Switch arms after
    three to five complete signs.

    9) Energy Yawn is one of the Brain Gym Exercises that relieves the stress that interferes with learning & performance.

    * Simply massage the muscles around the TMJ (temporal-mandibular joint) at the junction of the jaws.

    10) Positive Points helps relieve stress & improve memory.

    * Lightly touch the point above each eye halfway between the
    hairline and the eyebrow with fingertips of each hand. Close your eyes
    and breathe slowly and deeply for a few seconds. Release & repeat 3

  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  4. Thanks very much for these - PERFECT - just what I wanted!

    I did laugh at the 'balance'! However, still think that little ones (and older) need to be active as much as possible - am thinking of those times when they've had wet play, no PE that day...whatever - kids need to move!!
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I think some of the exercises are good for motor skills and coordination just not for the purpose claimed.


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