How to Make it Through Indoor Recess with Students


If you live in the northern half of the United States (or many other places), then the words indoor recess might make you cringe. During the long winter months, we spend many-a-recesses inside here in the midwest and it can be difficult to keep students entertained. While sometimes we are able to be in the school gym, that isn’t always the case, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite classroom-friendly activities for students to do during indoor recess.

This is a great group activity for students- we even have a puzzle table they use so that they can work on the puzzle at different times (Fun Friday, free choice time, etc.)

As any teacher knows, Legos are always a big hit with students. Sometimes I have complete sets on hand, but most of the time students just build their own creations. It’s so fun to see what they come up with.


For those of your students who like using words, Bananagrams is the perfect game for them. It is like Scrabble, but without the board- and with fun words such as peel, dump, and split!

Do you have students who love to use their imagination? Then story cubes are the activity for them. Just roll the dice and create a story using the pictures. And the best part is that this can be done as a group or individually.

If you have students who love creating using paper or cardboard, then they need to be using straws to make their next creation! From small to life-size, the possibilities are endless with these straw connectors!

So while indoor recess can be painful, set your students up for success with these fun activities!

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