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Gross Motor Movement Breaks

Movement activities.

Learning Goals

  • Incorporate movement breaks into a schedule – alternate between learning tasks and short, physical activities
  • Motor breaks can help postural control, movement and coordination skills
  • Motor breaks can also have a positive impact on:
    • on-task behaviors
    • organizational skills
    • motor planning
    • impulse control


  • No materials necessary
  • Optional:
    • Family Fitness Chart
    • Animal Movement Book
    • OPHEA Physical Activity Calendar
    • Music


  • Choose a spot in the home or backyard when the learner can move their arms and legs freely
  • When choosing an activity, consider organizing the activity into a mini-schedule:
    • First…(tell the learner the activity: “chomp like an alligator”
    • Next…(show the learner what to do by modeling)
    • Then…(support the learner to complete the movements)
    • Finished!
    • I can chomp like an alligator!
    • Let’s check our schedule.

More Resources:

OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association)

Ophea has put together a collection of our health and physical education content to use with your kids to stay healthy and active at home.

Good Energy at Home

Free lively videos with resources to encourage routine, healthy hygiene, mindfulness and staying active.