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Teachers Get Creative With Indoor Recess

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When snow is on the ground, and there is school in session, playing outside isn't an option for area school children. And when recess is forced inside, teachers get crafty when coming up with fun activities to keep kids active before getting cabin fever.  

"You put your right foot in you put your right foot out"

Sounds of the "Hokey Pokey" can be heard down the hall of Second Grade teacher Vicki Faulkner's Lincoln Elementary classroom in Baxter Springs, Kansas. When cold temperatures prevent kids from going outside for playtime, Faulkner says she makes sure her kids get things called brain breaks. 

"It's tough for the kids because they have a lot of energy, that they need to burn off and get rid off, so that they can focus and work toward their potential," Faulkner said.
 
Which is why Faulkner uses a lot of activities throughout the day, such as singing and dancing. And she isn't the only teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Baxter Spring who has some tricks. Jennie Butterfield teaches first grade.
 
"We stand up and stretch we do different things with our arms,  we do lots of different stuff to keep our bodies moving so we aren't just sitting in one place," Butterfield said.

For the Baxter Springs School District the cut off temperature is 32 degrees to keep kids inside, but the students we spoke with say it just gives them more time to play with their I-pads.
 
[what do you wish you could do during recess?] "Play on I-pads," said 1st grader Olivia Edmonson.

"I like to play inside better, because you can play on I-pads," said 1st grader Jacob Grant.

"We were playing and we can play on I-pads," said first grader Erin Moser.
 
But even though I-pads are fun, these kids say they are excited for the snow to melt and to get back to the playground.

"I'm sad." [why does it make you sad?] "because I like playing outside," said 1st grader Hadley Goerke.

Teachers also told us regardless of the activity, it's important to make sure kids get enough time to move around throughout the day to keep them focused during lesson time.

If you want to visit the Baxter Spring School District's website, click here.

 

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