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If it’s not bitter cold, ice, and snow keeping your class indoors for recess, it might be the rain that so many regions of the country get inundated within the springtime. After a whole day trapped in the classroom, you and the kids desperately need some fresh air and unstructured break time.


If you’re looking for easy, fun ideas to let the kids get their pent-up energy out in a controlled way in the classroom, look no further. Below you’ll find some fun indoor recess games and recess activities to keep your class happy, entertained, and exercised.


Whole Class Indoor Recess Ideas


Providing whole class recess activities is wonderful because it gives kids a chance to move around and release energy before it’s time to sit still and focus again.


Four Corners


This classic indoor game is simple to teach and easy to pan. Even you can get involved in participating in Four Corners with students during recess, so it’s a great option when you really need a fun break for yourself. Here’s a step-by-step guide to job your memory on how to play.


Balloon or Foam ball games


If you don’t mind a little of movement and noise, then give the kids play balloon badminton or balloon volleyball. Paper places make great paddles if you need them. There are a lot of ways a single balloon can entertain a group of kids.


The Hot/Cold game


This group game is easy to teach and requires zero participation. Find a fair way to select the “it” student and have this student  go into the hallway while you hide the object he or she has to search for. When the student comes back in, the class will yell hot, warmer, or cold, depending on how close he or she is to the missing object.



This is one of the best indoor recess games because it’s effortless for the teacher and totally engaging for the kids. GoNoodle is a free website with interactive videos and games. The resources are well-categorized so you can choose videos that help kids focus, get energized, release excess energy, calm down, and so on. Since each video is just a few minutes long, you can choose several during your indoor recess period, starting with the most active option and ending with a focusing, calming video. To make this easier for teachers, GoNoodle created several Indoor Recess Mega Mixes which are mash-ups of some of their most popular videos-just select one with the length of time you want, and hit play.