Brainstorming activity for helping kids understand how movement strengthens the body and brain. Kids learn tips for fitting regular movement into their day.
This brainstorm activity helps kids understand that moving strengthens their body and brain. They will learn tips to help themselves move often throughout their day.
Q: How many muscles are in the human body?
A: Over 650! Some of the muscles, like when your heart beats, work without us thinking. Other muscles are controlled by our thoughts—we tell ourselves to run, jump, and play.
Let's do a Brainstorm Race! Take a moment right now to think about what it means to move your muscles. (Pause for 30 seconds to allow time for kids to think about their responses before continuing with the activity.)
Q: Turn and talk with a partner. Tell each other different ways you moved today. Did you play a game? Run outside? Get up and stretch? Do a brain break?
A: Answers will vary.
Q: Why is it important to move throughout each day?
A: Moving strengthens your body's bones and muscles and gets blood and oxygen pumping to your brain which helps you focus and remember things.
Challenge yourself! Jump rope to the beat of your favorite song.
Time: 5 Minutes