Classroom PE Games


These games are designed to maximize activity for kids in confined spaces (such as the classroom). Some of these games are high-intensity, some are based on movement that stimulates brain activity, and some are designed with the simple goal of getting kids up, active and happy to move. As every confined space and classroom is different, with its own set of challenges and hazards, please be sure to adapt these games so that they can work well for your kids and your space. The ideal spot to start for activity in confined spaces is with fitness circuits; so if you haven’t yet visited our fitness circuit section, we recommend you check it out! In order to get the most out of these games, try and avoid lag time during transitions. In order to do this, be sure that you have the next part of the activity ready to go (with a verbal cue, movement strategy or breathing exercise), so that the kids can move as seamlessly as possible from one motion to the next throughout the game.

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Class Concert

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Class Concert

Playing Area: Classroom Description: In groups, kids must make up an action that goes with a sound. It must be an action and sound that can be repeated over and over. Place the groups around the class so that it is easy to see which group the teacher is pointing at. If the teacher points at your group, then your group starts to do its action and sound. Your group continues to do its action and sound, regardless of whether or not other groups have also started. The only time your group stops is if the teacher holds up a STOP hand towards your...

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Duck Duels

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Duck Duels

Playing Area: Classroom Description: Place 4 chairs around the classroom. Everyone starts as a duck, which means they must walk around the class, knees bent, arms folded into wings at their sides. When they meet another duck, they must have a Math Duel. To do this, they do the “1,2,3” of Rock, Paper, Scissors, only instead of flashing an item, they flash a number of fingers on one hand. The first duck to add up all of the fingers gets to grow and start to walk. The losing duck stays a duck and must find someone else to play. If you are a...

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Card War

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Card War

Playing Area: Classroom Description: Give each student a handful of mixed up playing cards. When the teacher says “Go,” students have 5 seconds to one other person to play. The teacher will then say, “The loser must…” and will then give a fitness challenge (i.e. “The loser must do 5 push-ups…10 jumping jacks…3 sit-ups…etc.). Then the students will fan their cards out in front of them and allow the person that they are playing against to pull a card from their hand. The teacher will then say “1, 2, 3...

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This, That, The Other Thing

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This, That, The Other Thing

Playing Area: Classroom Description: • Put a desk at the front of the class. • Have the students offer up objects to be placed on the desk (they must be large enough to be seen by all students in the class). • Choose about 5 objects to start the game. • Assign different groupings of kids in the class to different objects (i.e. all stu- dents with birthdays in September or October, you are the pencil. Students with birthdays in November and December, you are the stapler…etc.). • Now, have the class attach different sounds to...

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Speedball

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Speedball

Playing Area: Classroom Description: • Have everyone sit on their desks with their legs hanging off the end. • The teacher starts with the speedball at the front of the class (the speedball should be a soft, squishy ball). • The teacher then asks a question, any question, and then throws the speedball to a student who has their hand up in the air. • If the student misses the catch, or answers incorrectly, then the teacher gets the ball back and the game continues. • If the student answers correctly, then the teacher will say...

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