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BrainBites is a collection of activities that can be used to inject variety and interest into lessons.  Although the activities (which include mental and physical puzzles, problems and brain-teasers) are intended as interjections into longer lessons, many of them stand alone as being interesting and useful in their own right.  Many of them link with other BrainBites activities and support the kinds of learning outcomes that form the backbone of literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.  Each activity is a lively interjection designed to introduce fun into the classroom whilst stimulating students into making their own connections.

 

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Acronymonic WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Making up sentences as a precursor to developing memory skills.
Alphabet stretch WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical "breather" in the middle of a long stretch of concentration.
Anagram challenge WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Un-mix the letters to find the mystery words.
Animal compound WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Design crazy animals then invent new names for them.
Answers first  WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop thinking skills by making up questions to given answers.
Body-pegs 1-10 WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE The first part of a physically-based memory system.
Body-pegs 11-20 WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE The second part of a physically-based memory system.
Body-pegs memory-system WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE How to apply the "Body-pegs memory-system"
Brainstorming WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Generate lots of ideas and develop creative thinking.
Circulation WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical co-ordination exercise to relieve monotony.
Clap-partners WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical co-ordination exercise.
Colour-me WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A thoughtful exercise to help develop creative thinking.
Cross-kicker WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A reasonably simple physical co-ordination exercise
Crossovers WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A simple physical co-ordination exercise
Crossover clappity WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A simple physical co-ordination exercise
Crossover march WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A simple physical co-ordination exercise
Double-cross WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A slightly more complicated physical co-ordination exercise
Drill WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical exercise that requires logical thinking
Ears and noses WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical co-ordination exercise to relieve monotony.
Feely-bag WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A kinaesthetic activity to develop skills of description.
Finger-bet WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Learn the sign language as the foundation for developing other skills.
Finger-spell WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Using the sign language alphabet.
Finger-vowels WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical way of identifying vowels
Hand sculpture WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A mime-based guessing activity.
Headliners WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Devising headlines for a range of stories.
Heads and tums WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical co-ordination exercise to relieve monotony.
Inkspots WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop imaginative visual skills using this Rorschach-based activity.
Invent-a-name WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop linguistic and creative thinking skills.
Inventions WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop creative thinking skills.
Ketchup catch-up WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical co-ordination exercise.
Limber-up WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A physical exercise to keep students on their toes.
Linedraw WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop drawing skills using only straight lines.
Roots WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Looking at the constituent parts of words.
Silhouettes WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop drawing skills using cut-out shapes.
Songwriters WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop musical skills and lay the foundation for improving memory.
Sound detectives WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop listening skills.
Sound-maps WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Develop listening skills.
Speedwords WEB-PAGE PDF FILE A fast-moving oral word-game
Twos and threes WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A quick-thinking maths challenge involving physical co-ordination.
Vowel-picker WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Identifying vowels.
Vowel-spotter WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Identifying vowels.
What if? WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Creative hypothetical thinking
What's-it-do? WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE Creative thinking exercise
Where am I? WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE An exercise to develop visual-spatial skills.
Wordbuilder WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A word-based exercise to develop vocabulary
Wordbuilder Special WEB-PAGE PDF-FILE A word-based exercise to develop vocabulary