20 Brain Break Clips: Fight the Fidgeting!

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Brain breaks have been all the rage for quite some time now.  We’ve learned that regularly incorporating short movement activities into the instructional day not only allows children to get their ‘wiggles’ out, but energizes them and increases their ability to focus on the next learning activity as well.  If you’re like me, perhaps your typical go-to brain break activities are getting a little old now that we’ve hit the second part of the school year.  Let’s utilize the technology we have to give the kids a healthy dose of pop culture and silliness all mixed into one.  So, smack up one of these short clips on your SMART Board or Promethean Board and get to steppin’!  These videos are sure to get your students (and maybe even you) moving and grooving!


1) ‘The Sid Shuffle’ Ice Age Dance Video

2) Madagascar’s ‘I Like to Move It’ Video

3)  Wyclef Jean ‘Electric City’  Music Video

4) Just Dance Kids ‘Get the Sillies Out’ Video

5)  Minions DJ ‘You Should Be Dancing’

6)  Shake Break Video

7)  Just Dance Kids 2 ‘Whip My Hair’ Video

8)  ‘The Ding Dong Song’ Crazy Frogs Video

9) The Learning Station’s ‘C’Mon Let’s Dance’ Video

10)  Mario Dance Video

11)  ‘Respect’ Rap Video

12)  ‘The Cha Cha Slide’ Instructional Video

13)  ‘If You’re a Kid’ Instructional Video

14) Dancing Pandas Video

15) Sesame Street:  ‘Share it Maybe’ Video

16) Cee Lo Green’s ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Video

17) Backyardigan’s ‘I Gotta Feeling’ Video

18)  Some Nights:  Wreck it Ralph Video

19) Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s ‘What’s That You Say?’ Video

20) Just Dance ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ Video

*Be sure to pull these videos up privately before broadcasting to the class (as to avoid any questionable content from YouTube).  If you liked these, please be sure to check out 20 Brain Break Clips:  Movin’ and Groovin’ and 20 Brain Break Clips:  Keep on Rockin’!, and Brain Break Videos:  The Ultimate Holiday Collection. A great new site called GoNoodle.com offers yoga, breathing, dancing, and exercise videos for classroom use as well.

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About Bevin Reinen

I am a teacher/writer who specializes in early childhood education.

  • lily

    Hi, I am Lily. I really like your blog it’s got quite a lot to it and it looks amazing.
    Heres a link to my blog http://ladylilly.edublogs.org/
    Keep on blogging!

    • http://TeachTrainLove.com Bevin

      Hi Lily. Thanks for checking out my blog. Looks like you’re off to a great start with yours. Impressive at your age! Happy and safe blogging. :-)

  • Bevin

    Thanks Lily! Looks like your blog is off to a great start. Impressive for your age! Be safe and happy blogging. :-)

  • Susan Antonelli

    “The Wobble” is so awesome! First time I’ve seen that clip. Love that you ran these through a filter. I pinned this post to some of my boards and you have gotten repinned over 40 times! Woo hoo!

    • Bevin

      I love that one! I finally got the footwork down myself. I’ve found that my kids’ favorite one (surprisingly) is the ‘If You’re a Kid’ one. I separate the boys and girls into groups and they like acting it out at each other. It’s pretty funny to watch. Thanks for repinning!

      • Amanda Mathews-Castro

        which one is the wobble?

        • Bevin

          Hi Amanda. I discovered that one had some not so great lyrics. :-/

    • Amanda Mathews-Castro

      which one is the wobble one?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.jones.334491 Nancy Jones

    Thank you so much for this. I also love your post of 10 things for reluctant readers.

    • Guest

      Thanks so much Nancy!

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  • Aimee

    We’ve been using these links for a while and now they don’t seem to work. Did these videos move somewhere?

    • Bevin Reinen

      Hi there. Glad to hear you’re finding them useful! A few others relayed this to me also. I believe it’s an issue with SafeShare. I’ve contacted them in hopes that they can resolve the issue. If not, I’ll upload them another way within the week. Thanks for letting me know!

    • Bevin

      Ok, there was an issue with SafeShare.tv but that has been resolved. Are they working for you now? If not, try contacting your school system’s technology department, as they might be getting accidentally blocked. Hope this helps!

      • Aimee

        They are working! Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madeleen.vandermerwefield Madeleen Field

    This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m an elementary school sub teacher and these sorts of things are just what I need when I get that last minute phone call! :)

    • Bevin

      Ahh, yes. Glad to be of help! My hat goes off to all subs!

  • pats

    Hi Bevin! Thanks for posting. How can I get my hands on the lyrics for the RESPECT video. It is incredible! Thank you

  • Parker

    I love this! Thanks so much!

  • Emily Thilges

    Thank you for bringing together all of my favorites into one place!

  • Caitlin

    This is great – I can’t wait to try some of these out with my students next fall!

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  • Faith

    Yay! I will definitely be able to use these. My fav – The Cha Cha Slide. Great ideas.

  • Cyndee Gordon

    Amazing!!! I can’t wait to dance and move with my students!

  • Megan Magliocca

    This is great!!! Thanks so much! My district blocks youtube, so I’m hoping these videos can still be accessed through the safeshare site.

  • Bevin

    Please note: I had to get rid of the SafeShare.tv filter due to complications, so these are pulled straight from YouTube.

  • Sonya

    Wow My kids really love these videos. We are enjoying them very much. Thank you!

    • Bevin

      Happy to hear!

  • keeley

    my school loves this website

    • Bevin

      Awesome! Glad your school is finding them useful!

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  • IamBullyproofMusic

    You are beautiful inside and out. Just sayin’ thank you :-)

    • Bevin

      You’re so sweet! Thank YOU!

  • Guest

    These brain breaks are great! Thank you for sharing! Check out the website safeshare.tv. It is a great resource that allows you to paste in YouTube links and generate a safe link that takes out all advertisements. I use it daily; it is great for the classroom!

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