Brain Breaks
Brain Breaks

Brain Breaks

Quick-to-play games and activites to help reset and refresh

This collection features ideas for quick-to-play games which are perfect to use as brain-breaks. Ideal for the last five to fifteen minutes of a school classroom lesson or great for an ice breaker at youth group. Brain breaks should be simple to learn and fast to play, with the aim to provide a chance for students brains to rest, reset and refocus, ready for the next activity.

Celebrity Head Mania

Grab a whole bunch of sticky labels or masking tape and write the names of celebrities on the non-sticky...

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House of Cards

Pretty much self explanitory, as the name suggests - get each player/team to build a house of cards....

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Mute Organisation

Simply announce that you want everyone lined up across the room by birth-date. Only catch: no talking. Once they...

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Silent Ball

Get everyone to stand around the room in random places. Then it's as simple as telling everyone to be...

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Bible Drill

When youth leader says "draw weapons", each person sits on a pew or chair with their Bible held up...

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Jell-o-rama

Using gellatine, make a slab of jelly in an ice-cream container (you have to increase the consistency to enable...

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True or False?

A great way to reinforce what has just been taught... Instead of the traditional pop-quiz to see how much...

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Heads or Tails?

A good game for revising what has been learnt. Similar to heads or tails, person up the front asks...

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If I Went to Mars...

Group is seated in circle. First person begins, 'My name is ... If I went to Mars, I would take....

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Poetry in Motion

This is a nice quiet activity when you've got a small cozy group and have some time to kill....

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Secret Dancer

A fun group game, sure to provide a whole lot of laughs. Might be suitable for a disco night...

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Trains

Everybody sits in a circle holding hands, you nominate 2 people to be 'stations' and 1 person to sit in the...

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Mr Squiggle

This is a rip off of the old TV show Mr. Squiggle. We used this activity as the finale...

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Poetry Jumble

The goal is to make poetry from the words provided. Out of 100 interesting words, cut-out into little squares big...

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Rock Paper Scissors Evolution

This game is a fantastic group mixer ice breaker activity. Players must wander around the room and battle each...

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What If?

You give each person the two pieces of paper. Tell them to write on one piece a random question...

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Tongue Twister Slip Up

Take 5-6 volunteer. Ask them to say a tongue twister or something that can be difficult to say. ie....

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Spot The Difference

Divide your group into two teams. Stand the first group in a line facing the second group. The second...

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Who Am I?

Give everyone in the group a piece of paper and pen, then get them to write down three facts...

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Rock Paper Anything

This game could work really well as an "up the front duel" type of game or as an "all...

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to-yo-ta

Let everyone stand in a circle facing inwards. one person should start by saying the first phrase "TO" (like...

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Logic

This is not an active game but it is ideal for any down time such as bus rides, waiting...

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The Invisible Ball

This game might sound weird but I have never played with people who didn't like it. It is a...

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Tap

1. Have everyone gather around a table or flat surface. 2. Have players place each of their hands on a table...

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Category Chaos

This game can be played as individuals or in teams. Each player (or team) will need a piece of...

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Beanbag Toss

Mark a line and then arrange a collection of targets a few metres away. The targets could be buckets,...

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Hot Potato

A classic classroom game that can be used as a brain break

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