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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Cut the Pickle Tag

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Cut the Pickle Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 students are it and are given evil red balls. If you get tagged by an evil red ball, put your feet together, close your hands into fists and connect your 2 index fingers together in front of you (this is your pickle). To be saved, someone must come up to you and cut your pickle. Your pickle can be cut with a gentle karate chop, a fake pair of finger scissors or a simple slice from another index finger. Once your pickle has been cut you are free to rejoin the game. Change evil reds balls...

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Submarine Tag

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Submarine Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 students are it and are given evil red balls. If you get tagged, lie down flat on your back and put one leg straight up in the air ( you are a submarine with your periscope up). To be saved, someone must gently push your leg (periscope) back to the ground. Change evil red balls every few minutes to change game dynamics. Equipment: 2-5 Evil Red...

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Octopus

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Octopus

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: Select one student to be the octopus and place them in the middle of the gym. Have all other students line up beside one another at one end of the gym, facing the octopus. When the octopus shouts “Octopus,” all of the students try to run from one side of the gym to the other. The octopus is allowed to run anywhere in the gym. If a students is tagged by the octopus, their feet become frozen to the floor and their arms stick straight out: They are seaweed. For the following rounds of play, the game...

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Duck Tag

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Duck Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 students are it and are given evil red balls. If you are tagged, put your feet together and turn you hands into ducks by opening and closing your fingers and thumbs and quacking. To be freed, one student must come and “ feed your duck” by placing their hand in your ducks mouth. The minute your duck has been fed, your hand drops to your side ( you now have one duck left). Once your other duck has been “fed” by someone different you are free to rejoin the game. Change evil red balls...

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Trash Tag

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Trash Tag

Playing Area: Gym or Outdoor Description: 2 – 5 students are it and are given evil red balls. All other student are each given a pinnie. If you get tagged, put both feet together and, holding your pinnie in one hand, make a giant circle in-front of your body. To be freed, someone must toss their pinnie (trash), through your circle (garbage can). The pinnie must go through the circle and touch the floor before the student doing the saving can pick it up and continue on in the game. Stop the game every few minutes to change evil red...

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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...

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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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