This post is all about surviving indoor recess, while still maintaining your sanity and classroom control.
I live in Texas, and while we don't get long spans of time when we can't go outside, one day of indoor recess is enough to make me feel batty sometimes. As a result, I have honed a few basic games that can be played and activities to do that still have students moving while maintaining control in the classroom.
All of these ideas require very few materials, and can be done in as short or long a period of time as you have. I have been known to use all of them to fill an extra few minutes throughout the day, because sometimes it just happens.
By far the easiest activity is turning on GoNoodle. I am not going to spend a lot of time on this one, because there is a lot of information out there about it, but I wanted to make sure to include it in case you have not come across it, (or maybe just needed to be reminded that you heard of it and were going to try it but then didn't remember because you swore that you didn't need to write it down.)
Even if you do use GoNoodle, did you know that they have a whole selection of indoor recess videos that are about 12-15 minutes each and are perfect for getting your students active.
My next favorite activity is Mumball. Basically the gist of the game is that you stand in a circle and throw a ball. There are only three rules.
#1 If you talk you are out
#2 If you drop the ball you are out
#3 If you throw the ball to the person next to you, you are out
I have seen this one keep students busy for the entire 20 minutes of recess It is amazing. Of course the idea came form an amazing person, The Science Penguin. Click on over to her post on the game here.
Another standby game is Four Corners. My students love to be the person that asks the questions/make the statements, and get super silly with it too. A quick summary of this game is that you label four spots in your room with definitely, most likely, probably not, and no. Then the "Asker" asks a question or makes a statement of opinion. For example I might say, "Lime green is the best color in the world." Then students walk to the spot in the room with the label that they agree with. It is so simple, and yet students will fight over the chance to be the "Asker" and if we don't have enough time for everyone to take a turn, I have to assure them that we will play again soon and start with those who didn't have a turn.
If you want to put a more active spin on the same game then you can pick an activity for students to do when they get to their spot until everyone has chosen a spot. For example, when you get to your spot hop on your right foot until everyone has chosen a spot. This element puts in a little extra movement, but can be tricky if you have indecisive students.
You can click on the image above for a free download of the signs for the four places in your room to play Four Corners.
My final idea is another super simple one. I call this one dance party, and it entails exactly that. We turn on music and dance it out. I usually start with freestyle dance where everyone does their own thing, and then switch to a follow the leader type dance where we mimic the dance of the leader, changing leaders every thirty seconds or so.
I hope that you were able to find at least one idea to help save your sanity during indoor recess this winter! For another fantastic post on something "Snow" Much Fun hop on over to see Kady at Teacher Trap!