The research is clear, many of us move to think, that means we can cheer for kids who like to wiggle while they learn.

Large motor movement such as walking 15 minutes before school, doing moderate-intensity exercise before a test and peddling or bouncing before academics have been shown to improve performance. Small movements such as fidgeting, squirming, leg-swinging, foot-tapping, and chair-scuffling may help us learn new knowledge and work out complex tasks. The research is reviewed in 70 Play Activities.

Here are 8 science-based ways to improve thinking, learning, and behavior in your classroom.


We are teaching cognitive-exercises for the classroom and clinical practice throughout the US and Canada in 2017. Contact us if your school or clinic would like to learn how to improve thinking skills with cognitive-movement.

Here is a video of one of our recent interactions with 3rd graders who used our THINK Movement Cards to create their own sequential exercise. The children at Tarwater Elementary kindly helped us develop training videos for our upcoming events with over 1000 educators. These kids were phenomenal!


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