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7 Tips to Help Your Kids’ Beat the Afternoon Slump

Beating the afternoon slump can be tricky for people of all ages—I’m writing this as I down my third cup of caffeine, hoping that it gets me through the last few hours of my day! But kids will need to find alternate methods of staying alert in the afternoon. Whether your kids are getting sluggish at homework time or are homeschooled and can’t focus on their afternoon lessons, these seven tips will help them beat the afternoon slump and focus on the rest of their day.

Dance Party

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Sometimes, waking up the brain can be as simple as getting the blood pumping and the body moving. This mom’s blog offers a video playlist of ten kid-friendly songs for you and your little learners to jam to during an impromptu afternoon dance party!

Brain Gym Exercises

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If you prefer focused exercises to a dance party, you’re in luck—YouTube is chock full of “brain gym exercises,” which were created to activate students’ brains and help them to relieve stress, regain focus, and get energized for more learning. This video from Zonya Foco is a three-minute sample of these exercises that will also help prepare kids for tests.

Aromatherapy

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We recently asked K12 parents on Facebook for their tips on how to avoid the afternoon slump, and I was surprised by how many parents recommended aromatherapy. It may seem like an adult technique, but it can actually be a great strategy for kids, too.

EasyGreenMom.com suggests peppermint and wild orange for energy. For more aromatherapy ideas, try these 50 great aromatherapy blends for health, sleep, relaxation, and more!

Energy Bites

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We often share recipe ideas for healthy kids, but what about snacks specifically geared toward energy? Pack these no-bake snacks for your kids to take to school for a burst of energy in the mid-afternoon.

Educational Activity

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Younger learners might have trouble refocusing after a high-energy activity like a dance party. If so, try a new learning activity like this bug hunt. It’s a fun idea that gets your children up and moving, but still focuses on education. While they’re completing an assignment in the morning, you can sneak away and hide the items—then, around lunch time, the search is on!

Outdoor Activities

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When the weather is nicer and the kids are restless to get outside, set them free for a small break and try some of these outdoor activities. There is nothing like some fresh air to help get your brain back on track!

Go Noodle

GoNoodle activities for afternoon slump

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Several parents responded to our Facebook request by raving about GoNoodle.com. GoNoodle is a website that helps children channel their energies, both physical and emotional, with fun videos, activities, guided meditations, and more! They have options for both teachers and parents, and accounts are free.

How do you and your kids stay active and alert through the afternoon?  Share your tips in the comments below!

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Liz Hooker

Liz Hooker

Liz Hooker is a member of the K12 marketing team and a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff. She's always had a soft spot for working with kids, stemming from growing up the oldest of six children. Her youngest brother is on the autism spectrum, so she feels very strongly about learning tailored to the needs of the child. Liz's love of literature and writing has followed her through her stints working at bookstores and she hopes to one day be a novelist—if she can just put down the video game controllers long enough to write her masterpiece.

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