My solution? Just dance! Using Just Dance, Kids videos for indoor recess may quite possibly be the best discovery I have made all year long. The kids absolutely love to dance, and I love the fact that they have a fun way to really release their energy in the classroom. I am beginning to think that I may survive the winter now. (I don't care if the calendar says March; it's still winter in Mississippi.)
Here are a few of the dance videos that my students particularly love:
We also use this video randomly throughout the day. Anytime I notice that they need a quick break, I tell them we are going to "get our sillies out" and they get so excited. It takes less than two minutes to complete the video, but it makes such a difference in their attentiveness and focus after that. Oh, and did I mention that it's fun ?!?