My teaching philosophy - if your bottom is asleep, your brain is too. Therefore, you need to get up and move - even if it's only for a few seconds or minutes.
The Brain Break Popsicle Sticks I created with colored Popsicle Sticks and a label maker are a combination of yoga poses, breathing techniques, Brain Gym exercises, and sensory activities. The sticks are all color coded. For instance:
Blue = breathing exercises
Green = exercises you can do at your seat
Orange = balancing poses
Purple = Tighten and release your muscles
Yellow = Crossing the midline of the body
Red = Active movements
When I notice the class could benefit from a Brain Break or two, I stop what we are doing and have a student pick a stick. I may ask the student to pick a particular color (like if they need to move - I will suggest a red stick), or I may let the student select a stick or two.
We keep the sticks in a Rubbermaid bento storage box. It's the beginning of the year, so I am still teaching the students how to do the movements. In order to remember which ones I have taught them, we place all the "new" sticks in one section of the bento box and the "taught" ones in another section. Once we have learned all the breaks, I am sure the Brain Break box won't be so organized.
I highly recommend you incorporate Brain Breaks into your day - whether you are work with children, or not...
Stay Awake, Take a Brain Break.