Take your time to relax (Finland)

For the sake of your own well-being its good to learn how to relax. Relaxation encourages healthy mind and body. Relaxation through mental images at the beginning or end of class only takes a few minutes. Guided relaxation stories and scripts and widely available in the internet in various languages. In addition to taking time to relax in class, some classes also do child yoga in Pöllönkangas school.

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Flood – Storm – Fire (Finland)

This game is a nice moving break for any lesson. In the pictures you see our fourth graders playing.

Instructions: Music is played while pupils move around the room. When the music stops, teacher calls out one of the words and everyone tries to save oneself as fast as possible.

Actions:

  • Flood: get your feet off the floor to stay dry
  • Storm: grab someone so wind will not take you
  • Fire: dive on the floor and lie low on the ground under the smoky air

If you want, you can also make this a competition: After a few warm-up rounds the last one to save him/herself falls out and becomes a judge. One by one everyone falls out and the last one standing gets a good round of applause.