Brain break dance songs are the best remedy for stir crazy and energetic kids. OK, let’s be honest. They’re perfect for all kids!
Every teacher needs the amazing tool that is brain breaks! If you haven’t experienced the magic of action and dance songs already, here’s a perfect opportunity to try a few brain break songs in your classroom or in-home preschool.
As you know, young kids can have trouble staying focused for long periods of time. They are just not wired to sit still all day.
That’s where brain break dance songs come to the rescue! The concept is pretty simple – you take a short break from whatever you’re currently working on. You can take them at regular intervals or anytime you see the kids getting wiggly or losing focus.
The benefits of brain breaks are undeniable! They help increase productivity while boosting brain function at the same time.
We all know the value of recess during the school day. Think of these action and dance songs as a way to incorporate more recess all throughout the day!
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Brain Break Dance Songs for Kids
Here are our favorite brain break dance songs for kids, and we think you’ll like them too!
How to Stream Music in the Classroom or at Home
If you want to get songs without the ads from YouTube, there are a couple simple solutions. You can click the songs directly from this post, and it should take away most of the ads. Screen it first to make sure it works for your needs.
If you are using just audio, I have Amazon Music Unlimited which isn’t free but well worth it for me because we use it each day between the classroom and home. If you would want to download more than 10 songs a month, it’s worth its weight in gold! It’s compatible with your phone, electronic devices, Alexa, and computer. What’s great is that I can download the songs while I’m home on my phone using wifi with the Amazon Music app. Then the songs are always there on my phone, and I can play them in the classroom, the car, or anywhere else.
Get Yo Body Movin’
Get everyone up and grooving with this irresistible action and dance song! Most kids will already be familiar with the guys of Koo Koo Kanga Roo, so they’ll be much quicker to engage and participate. See it here on Amazon.
These next two songs are both variations on a freeze dance for kids. Try them both and see which resonates better with your children – or they might love both! The first one has fun animations, but some kids might be more drawn to dance along with the real people of the second song. You may want to preview the videos and set some expectations before trying so that things like skipping don’t get too wild. See all of their Freeze Dance songs on Amazon.
Move and Freeze
Our friends at the Learning Station have so many awesome brain break songs and even an entire Brain Breaks Action CD.
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
If you’re looking for the classic action song, look no further! This version is extra fun because it speeds up as the song goes on. Varying tempos in a song is a great way to keep the listener’s attention! The animations are super cute, too. See it on Amazon.
Another timeless dance song for kids! Can’t go wrong with this one. I particularly like how they include a harmony line along with the familiar melody – being able to pick out or copy a harmony line is a great early musical skill! This song also speeds up as it goes along, which adds a lively twist and helps keep the kids engaged. This song can also be found on the All-Time Children’s Favorites album by The Learning Station.
Patty Shukla calls this song “Musical PE,” and it’s a perfect description! Your kids will have a blast following the directions and moving along with her. It also includes a ton of musical goodness like key changes, varying tempos, and simple harmonies. Even though your kids may not recognize these things, they help keep the song fresh and entertaining. See it on Amazon.
Driving in My Car
My kids weren’t with me when I first saw this song, and I bookmarked it immediately because I couldn’t WAIT to show it to them!! I knew they’d love the dramatic play of being a movie star, the fun actions, and the different speeds of the song. I promise your kids will be captivated the whole way through!
Shake Your Sillies Out
What a fun little song! There’s more than one song from The Learning Station on here, and it’s no coincidence – they are great at brain breaks and movement, action, and dance songs for kids! See our post of The Best Movement and Action Songs for Children to find their classic Tony Chestnut or see their entire Brain Breaks Action CD.
I am a Robot
A fun dance song for kids where they get to pretend to be robots. This one is great for following directions and for critical thinking while dancing – the directions repeat and add on top of each other, so the kids will have to pay close attention! The ending is also very clever. See it on Amazon.
Karalee is the blog manager for Preschool Inspirations and loves working with Katie! She has two daughters who attend full-day preK and kindergarten at the same school. She also works as an administrative assistant for an awesome real estate group.
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