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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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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Meatball Sandwich Tag

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Meatball Sandwich Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Give 3 – 5 kids the evil red balls,they are “it.” When you get tagged, stand with your feet together and one hand, in a fist, sticking straight out. To be saved, frozen students must have someone put one slice of bread (their hand), underneath their fist, and then another student puts another piece of bread (their hand), on top of the frozen student’s fist “to make a meatball sandwich.” Stop the game every few minutes and have the evil red balls switch with someone...

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Ham Sandwich Tag

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Ham Sandwich Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2-5 people are it, and are given evil red balls. If you get tagged, you have to freeze on the spot with your feet together and your hands out in front of you, spread about 6 inches apart, like 2 pieces of bread. To be unfrozen, someone must come and put their hand (the “Ham”), between your bread for you to squish it (gently), into a sandwich. To add to it, you could say that to be freed you need ham (flat hand), pickles (a fist), and cheese (palm up), or any other goofy...

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Alien Tag

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Alien Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 4-10 people are it and are given evil red balls. The “it” people must partner-up and get inside a hula hoop together (this is their spaceship). Everyone else must find a partner and get inside a spaceship with their partner. If your spaceship gets tagged by the evil aliens, then you sit down inside with your partner. You are saved when another alien ship comes and helps to lift your ship off the ground to rejoin the game.   Equipment: 4-10 Evil Red Balls Enough hula hoops for half...

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Frankenstein Tag

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Frankenstein Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2-5 people are it, and are given evil red balls. If you get tagged, you lie down on your back and put your hands out in front of you (facing towards the ceiling). To be freed, someone has to come and grab one of your hands/wrist (they are safe while they are attached to your hand/wrist), and then someone must come and attach to your other hand/wrist. Once there are 2 people holding your hands/wrists, they say: “1, 2, 3,”, and then GENTLY lift you up off the floor (IT’S...

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