Numb Bumb - Lazy Eights

Type of strategy: Energizers and State ChangersMovement

Use these strategies to get people up and out of their seats. Ideal for breaks after intense or mentally challenging activities.


  1. Extend one arm in front of you with your thumb pointing upwards.
  2. Trace the shape of a figure eight in the air. The eight should be on its side and as you trace it out in large, slow movements focus your eyes on your thumb. Without moving your head trace three eights in successively larger movements.
  3. Now do it with your other hand and then clasp them together and do both

NOTE: Before and after research show that binocular and peripheral vision improve after Lazy eights. The activity connects right and left visual fields and improves balance and co-ordination.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns