Looking for fun and energizing YouTube brain break videos to keep your kids moving? Whether you’re a teacher, homeschooler, babysitter or a mom with kids glued to her couch you need this list of the best brain break channels on YouTube. I promise, it’s a lifesaver!
Get Kids Moving with Brain Break Videos
It’s no secret:
Kids need to move!
Just like they need to eat and sleep, kids were made to be busy and active.
If they are forced to sit still, or choose to lay around too much it’s a recipe for disaster.
If children aren’t running, playing, jumping and making noise on a regular basis you’re going to start to see some problems popping up:
Just to name a few!
“Movement isn’t a break from learning; movement is learning “Arleta Margolis
As a teacher, I love brain breaks to keep kids active throughout the day. With the channels below you will also see that you can even keep them learning during the brain breaks –
But they’re way more fun than a worksheet.
As a mom, I love these YouTube brain break channels to keep my kids moving on weekends when it’s too hot or too cold to go outside.
They’re a lifesaver during winter and summer breaks too.
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Here’s the deal:
I teach first grade, so fun activities for kids from the age of like, 5 to 7 years old are my jam!
But guess what…I used these channels with my own kids at home when they were just toddlers. And I still use them now that they are older.
That being said, these brain break channels are great from preschool on up. There are even some that would work for middle school
(not all of them – know your audience).
YouTube Brain Break Channels: Kids Movement Videos
Alrighty folks, here are my faves!
This list includes channels that are mom, teacher, kid and student approved!
Have fun and get moving!
GoNoodle’s mission is to:
Get kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves.
And they know how to make sure they have fun doing it.
I used GoNoodle at home with my kids while they were in pre-school and we still use it to get quick bursts of movement and exercise during lazy summer days and super rainy weekends.
On their YouTube channel you can find brain break videos for categories like:
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a pop-duo who has mastered the art of dance-a-long jams for kids. They are totally goofy and definitely crazy and kids EAT-IT-UP!
My first experience with Brian and Neil, the creators of Koo Koo Kanga Roo as at a live performance at a local elementary school – the kids went BONKERS!
Within minutes they were up out of their seats dancing, stomping and moving along to their totally wacky lyrics. They also have super silly repeat-after-me rhymes and chants that kids go crazy for.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is also a popular staple on GoNoodle (seen above), but if you’r kids are a little older and aren’t into the points and animations in GoNoodle then you can go right to the source.
Some of our favorite Koo Koo Kanga Roo Videos:
Looking for some brain breaks that are a little more calm and relaxing – without losing the fun?
Then you’ll love Cosmic Kids Yoga!
Designed for kids aged 3 and up to learn yoga, relaxation and mindfulness.
The teacher, Jaime is brilliant and has a ton of “themed” yoga lessons full of stories, games and characters that kids love like Harry Potter, Pokemon and Moana.
You’ll want to plop our your yoga mat and get your zen on right along with the kiddos!
So, your kids love listening to the radio and dancing to their favorite songs….BUT sometimes the lyrics aren’t really appropriate for them to be listening to right?
Well, Kidz Bop dance along songs will save the day. These young performers take current hits and make them kid-appropriate without losing any of the cool factor.
The choreography is always up-to-date and on trend, so if you have some little dancers in your living room or classroom they are going to have a blast mastering the moves!
Pancake Manor is new to me, but it seems super fun so far.
Geared toward the preschool crowd, this YouTube channel is full of educational songs and nursery rhymes.
It kinda reminds me of Sesame Street, but more modern.
They also have a Spanish version available!
Not gonna lie:
When I first say these videos, I was like: “Who is this wacky old guy?”
After playing a few in class, I realized he was a genius!
The movement videos and songs on his channel cover almost every subject in elementary school from letter sounds to multiplication.
Definitely a fun and interactive way to engage kids and get them moving!
The Learning Station crew works to create fun and educational videos that encourage active participation.
While some of the videos are geared toward toddlers and preschool aged kids, there are a ton for the older kids too.
We love the Boom Chicka Boom repeat after me songs as well as all of their holiday songs.
A great way to include movement and music throughout the day!
Described as “Hip songs for the K-2 classroom” these songs definitely aren’t just for kindergarten.
Many of them are catchy with good beats that the kids love. You will see them naturally start moving to when they hear the songs.
The “If you’re a kid series” is super fun for groups so be sure to check them out!
There you have it ya’ll. Great brain break videos that your kids are going to love.
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What are your favorite YouTube Brain Break Videos for kids?