Warm-Up Elementary PE Games for Primary Students


All of these games are designed to be played for between 5 and 10 minutes at the beginning or end of a PE period. When playing tag games, I like to use a specific colour dodgeball (ours is the “Evil Red Ball”), to distinguish who is “It.” This way, after a minute or so, you are able to blow the whistle, give the kids 5 seconds to give their ball to someone new, and re-start the game again with a totally different dynamic. Also, remember how much kids feed off of your energy! The goofy names for each game often lend themselves well to silly sounds, actions and movements. The more buy-in you give to the game, the more the kids will believe in what they are doing and want to play too!

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Cat and Mouse

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Cat and Mouse

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 people are it and are given evil red balls (these are the cats). 2 – 5 people are “savers,” and are given yellow balls (these are the cheese balls). All other students are mice. If a mouse gets tagged by a cat, they must sit down and “squeak” until a cheese ball arrives. To be saved, a mouse must catch a gently thrown cheese ball and toss it back to the saver. Change cats and mice frequently to keep the game dynamics fresh. Equipment:  2-5 Evil Red Balls. 2-5 Yellow...

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Turtle Tag

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Turtle Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 students are it and are given the evil red balls. If a student is tagged, they must lie down on their back and stick both hands and both feet straight up in the air “ they are a turtle flipped on it’s shell”. To be saved, a turtle must be gently pushed onto it’s side so that the frozen students and get up and rejoin the game. Change evil red balls every few minutes to change the game dynamic. Equipment: 2-5 Evil Red Balls. VN:F [1.9.20_1166]please wait...Rating: 9.0/10 (2 votes...

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Restaurant Wars

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Restaurant Wars

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Give each student a frisbee and tell them that they must practice carrying it the same way a waiter / waitress would carry a tray in a restaurant “i.e. their hand must be completed under the tray and cannot be holding it the way you would be holding a frisbee”. The object of the game, is to knock other students trays off of their hands. STUDENTS CAN ONLY KNOCK THE TRAYS USING THEIR FREE HAND, IN A DOWNWARD OR SIDEWAYS GENTLE SWEEPING MOTION. STUDENTS CAN NOT SWING AT THE TRAYS IN AN UPWARD MOTION...

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Twirly Tag

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Twirly Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 students are it and are given evil red balls. If you are tagged by an evil red ball, you must sit down on your bum and put your hands behind your knees so that your bum is the only part of your body touching the floor. To be freed, a student must come, gently grab your feet, and spin you around in a full 360 so that you wind up back where you started. Once you have been completely spun around, you hope up and rejoin the game. Change evil red balls every few minutes to change the game...

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Clean Your Room

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Clean Your Room

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Split students into 2 even teams. Scatter objects around the gym. Tell students that they are not allowed to cross the center line. Tell students that they are not allowed to kick objects or throw objects in an uncontrolled or hard manner. Tell students that they are in their bedrooms, and must get their room as clean as possible in 1 minute. At the end of one minute the team with the cleanest room (i.e. the team with the fewest number of objects on their side of the gym), is the winner. This game...

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Egg Toss

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Egg Toss

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Have students pick a parter and face each other at the center of the gym. Give each group of 2 students their throw-able / catchable item. The student who starts with the item throws it to their partner. If the partner catches the item, both students take one step backwards “one step away from each other”. If their partner does not catch the item, both students take one step forward “ one step closer to each other”. Play the game for as long or as short as you want, with the winning...

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Dog Cat Chicken

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Dog Cat Chicken

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Pick one student to be the wolf and place them in the middle of the gym. Have all other students line up beside one another at one end of the gym. Tell all of the students lined up that they must, without out telling anyone else, pick whether they will be a dog, a cat or chicken. When the teacher yells out and animal, all of those animals (cats for example), must try and run to the other side of the gym without being tagged by the wolf. The wolf is allowed to go anywhere in the gym and turns other...

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Laundry Tag

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Laundry Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Give 2 – 5 students the evil red balls. Give each remaining student a pinnie. If a student gets tagged by a evil red ball, they must stand with their feet together and their arms spread out with one hand holding the pinnie (They are a laundry line, holding a piece of laundry out to dry). To be saved, a frozen student must be given a piece of “laundry” (a pinnie), in their free hand, and must have the “laundry” (a pinnie) taken from them from their other hand. Change evil red balls every...

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Skydive Tag

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Skydive Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Give out 2 – 5 evil red balls (these students are it). If a student is tagged by an evil red ball, they must lie down on their tummy and raise their hands and feet in the air, so that their elbows and knees do not touch the ground (so that they look like they are skydiving). To be saved, a student must have someone come and push both hands gently to the ground, as well as both feet gently to the ground. Once a student has had their hands and feet pushed towards the ground, they stand up and...

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Spider’s Web

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Spider’s Web

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Give one student a pinnie and put all of the other pinnies against the wall in a pile. Tell all of the students that the student with the pinnie is the spider with its web. Tell all other students that they are flies, and must try to stay away from the spider and his web. When the teacher says “Go,” the spider must try to tag as many flies as he can. The spider can tag the flies in 3 different ways: He can throw the pinnie by balling it up and tossing it at a student, He can swing the pinnie to...

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