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What is Active Break

Physical Education Initiatives for Early Childhood Learners
Short bouts (5-15 min) of physical activity included in the school schedule that offer pupils more time of physical activity without reducing their learning time.
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Move Your Brain!: Active Break Activities Based on Cognitively Engaging Physical Activity for Preschoolers
María Pilar León (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain & University Alfonso X The Wise, Spain) and Alejandro Prieto-Ayuso (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7585-7.ch013
Active breaks have received great attention both among teachers and researchers and are used by those who pursuit to take advantage of all its benefits. Because of these benefits, many teachers or schools have incorporated active breaks into their daily classroom routines. However, to the authors' knowledge, there is not any program aimed entirely at preschool age. Also, the type of activities proposed in these programs are mostly mechanic with low cognitive engagement while some authors argue that cognitively engaging physical activity is more beneficial for cognitive and academic performance than mechanic activities. For these reasons, this chapter proposes a new active break program aimed at preschool children. This program, entitled “Move Your Brain,” will be composed of physical activities with inherent cognitive demands to challenge the children's brains.
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