The Pomodore Technique is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it. Using this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. This helps to maintain energy and focus. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros.
Every hour and a half, a longer 30-minute break helps the brain and body reset for more work. This intuitively makes sense to many parents managing a home-school schedule for the first time, but the challenge quickly becomes finding and introducing short activities that kids will love and do independently — away from their screens, in most cases.
A great starter to get kids involved is to get your child dancing, stretching, and jumping by checking out
the Go Noodle or YouTube exercise videos for kids.
Here are some more ideas for getting bodies in motion and minds recharged.
5-Minute Transition Smoothers
These are quick ideas most school-age children can do without interrupting mum and dad.
#1. Access a library of free, 5-minute exercise videos from The Body Coach TV, a P.E. teacher offering fun physical activities for kids, via YouTube.
#2. Jump rope inside or out. Jumping rope improves cardiovascular fitness, is great for coordination, and strengthens the arms, calves, and back muscles, too.
#3. Have a ball with a tennis ball or other lightweight ball. Toss and catch a ball overhead several times. Continue tossing the ball and add leg lifts to the routine. Stand upright and hold the ball over your head with both hands on the ball. Lift your leg to waist level and lower the ball to touch your toes one leg at a time. Repeat these movements for 5 minutes.
#4. Staircase fun run. Run up and down the stairs until you’re exhausted. See if you can go up and down 20 times in 5 minutes. Young children should only do with parent permission and supervision.
#5. Play indoor sock ball or balloon volleyball. Transform the largest pair of socks in your drawer into a soccer “ball” that won’t damage furniture or break delicate indoor objects. You can also play a quick game of volleyball by blowing up a balloon and lining up plastic cups or rolls of toilet paper for the net.
#6. Shake, rattle, and roll. Tell your children to stand side-by-side and run in place as fast as they can for a minute. Then shake, shake, shake their bodies moving from top to bottom. Instruct them to shake their heads, wiggle their shoulders, move their torsos side to side, shake each hand, then each arm. Shake the right leg then the left leg. Shake each foot and then reverse direction and go from the bottom of the body to the head. Finally, drop to the floor and roll — without bumping in to anyone else in the process!
#7. Be still. Grab a pillow from the couch, plop it on the carpet, and have your child sit with legs crossed, allowing their mind to wander and daydream. Take note of any interesting thoughts or ideas that come up when the time is up. Brilliance can be born out of boredom.