Indoor Recess

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  1. MissScrimmage

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    Indoor recess is pretty rare here. We always go outside. But we're heading into a week of temperatures of -30C and colder. We could potentially be inside ALL WEEK.

    What are your best indoor recess games, tricks and tips? We had indoor recess on Thursday and my students were pretty happy to draw, colour, play with the base 10 blocks and read. But that's going to get old fast and they are going to need to burn energy. We have 3 recesses per day. Two 15 minute recesses and one 40 minute recess.

    We do GoNoodle regularly for brain breaks. Any other ideas that your students love?
     
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  3. czacza

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    I have a closet of recess games- legos, connect 4, puzzles, clue jr, etc. Plus they can sketch, play math games I’ve taught them, read
     
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    I have games and cards for the kids to use at recess. When we are stuck inside for a few days in a row, many of us will pop on a movie for those who want to watch.
     
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    GoNoodle does have some videos specifically for indoor recess, if you haven't tried those. There are some 10-15 minute ones that work great.
     
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    I've used GoNoodle and most of the kids like the videos. Some are too embarrassed though and either just watch or go do something else.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions! We were inside all week so we played board games, play dough, did Go Noodle, drew pictures, caught up on unfinished work and so much more. Hah! It was a blur and we were all pretty DONE by the end of the week. I enjoyed the down time with them and spending time playing with them, but I am so ready to go back outside this coming week.
     
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    Feb 15, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    What grade?
    We have had a lot of indoor recesses lately. I introduced the class to Silent Ball, and they LOVED it. And the room was quiet. All but a few kids want to play this at every opportunity. For your kids who like to draw, have you checked out arthub.com? It's a collection of short videos where a dad is teaching his kids step-by-step how to draw different pictures (dragon, penguin, dog, you name it) and the kids in the room can follow along and draw their own pictures. I'd say these ideas would work for second grade on up through fourth or fifth.
     

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