Back to School Brain Breaks Activities | First Day Physical Education Activities


Looking for brain breaks in the classroom that will get your students up and moving? Try these warm-up activities! These are perfect for classroom teachers wanting to get some jitters out of their students or physical education teachers looking for warm-up stations and activities. Each of these 16 activities can be completed in their own personal space, with the exception of wall sits.

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Included in these warm-ups brain breaks are posters for:

  • crunches
  • jumping jacks
  • planks
  • running in place
  • wall sits
  • leg raises
  • elbows to knees
  • front lunges
  • push-ups
  • squats
  • leg lifts
  • front kicks
  • side lunges
  • trunk twists
  • arm circles
  • high knees

***Please take a look at the PREVIEW to see EXACTLY what is INCLUDED in this resource.***

The posters are included in a variety of formats:

  1. With text explanations
  2. Without text explanations
  3. With boxes to write the number of repetitions

How can I use these with my class?

  • Pull out one activity at a time randomly to complete for the duration of your available time.
  • Use the added dice templates to place above 6 of the activities of your choosing. Roll a die in the classroom and whatever it lands on, that’s the activity you complete.
  • Use the posters with empty boxes, laminate them, then write the number of repetitions you would like each child to do for each activity. Create a circuit.
  • GYM TEACHERS – Perfect for instant activities to get your class going when they enter the gym.


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