The following are a variety of activities you can do with your class to help them enjoy physical activity.
Movement Bingo (Individual)
Silly Stretching Activity
On the Move
- CD or tape player
- Variety of music
- Movement sticks
- Hullabaloo game by Cranium
- Five nylon beanbags
- Five foam balls
Background for Teachers
Teachers do not need to be in optimum shape to teach students to
enjoy and experiment with physical activity. Observe your students
and assess what their physical limits may be before beginning any
exercise activities. This will help you know what kind of adaptations
will be necessary.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene.
Invitation to Learn
Give each student a sticky note and have him or her draw his
or her favorite physical activity. Have them place it on the Physical
The following are a variety of activities you can do with your class
to help them enjoy physical activity.
Movement Bingo (Individual)
- Pass out a Busy Body Bingo card to each student.
- Explain to the students that their goal is to get bingo by doing
a variety of activities each day.
- Review each of the pictures on the bingo card to the students.
Give an explanation if necessary
- Play the bingo game. If they have done that activity during the
week then they can put a chip on the bingo space.
- Play this game on the last day of the week so that the students
have the opportunity to mark off several activities on their card.
- Reward the students with extra recess or P.E. time.
Movement Bingo (Whole Class)
- Have an enlarged Busy Class Bingo Card posted in the classroom.
- Have the students place a bingo chip on an activity when they
have done that activity.
- When the class has Bingo, reward them with extra recess time, a
fun indoor game or any activity that promotes movement.
- This game can be played several times throughout the year. You
can challenge the class to get "black out," where every square is
covered, and then have an exercise party.
Silly Stretching Activity
- Post the Silly Stretch Poem somewhere so the students can see
- Teach the kids the actions that go with the poem using the
Silly Stretch Picture cards.
- Have students take turns holding the action cards while the
class recites the poem and does the actions.
- See poem and action cards at the end of this lesson.
On the Move
- Label the large, flat, red craft or Popsicle sticks with names of
exercise skills such as run, walk, skip, gallop, hop, etc.
- Label the large, flat, blue craft or Popsicle sticks with names of
exercise directions such as straight, backwards, zigzag, circle,
sideways, curve, etc.
- Label the large, flat green craft or Popsicle sticks with different
exercise levels such as high, medium and low.
- Label the large, flat, yellow craft or Popsicles sticks with
different speeds such as fast, slow, medium.
- Put the sticks in a can and label it "On the Move."
- Choose one red, one blue, one green and one yellow craft or
Popsicle stick. These choices will describe how the students
- Turn on music and begin the exercise for three to five minutes.
- Repeat step six to try a new activity.
- This game needs to be played in an open space.
- Place the Hullabaloo game pads around the room leaving space
- Students stand on or next to a purple game pad.
- Push the red button on the game controller.
- Students follow the instructions and move to the appropriate
- Allow students to adapt their movement according to their
- This games needs to be played in an open space.
- Review locomotor movements with students, (walk, jog, jump,
skip, hop, gallop, and slide).
- Choose five students to be "sliders".
- Give each "slider" a beanbag.
- Choose a locomotor movement for the students.
- All students begin moving around the room in the assigned
- The "sliders" will move around the room and toss their beanbag
so that it slides on the floor using an underhand movement.
- When the beanbag touches someone's foot then they become a
- Change the movement periodically.
- Allow the students to roll a foam ball if they have difficulty
tossing the beanbag.
- Set out enough "lily pads" (jump ropes or hula hoops) so that
there will be a few children who do not have one.
- Have the students begin walking around the room.
- Call out the words "Ribbit Ribbit."
- Students need to safely find an open Lilly pad and stand on or
- The students who did not find a lily pad group together and
chant, "Little frog, little frog please hop off my Lilly pad."
(Where the word hop is, in the chant, you can substitute other
- The students on the lily pads begin moving around the room in
the movement said in the chant.
- Repeat step three and continue the game.
- Have a student be the exercise coach of the day.
- The student will choose from the Busy Class Bingo Card an
activity that the class will do for that day.
- The class will participate in the chosen activity for seven to 10
- Students will draw and write in their My Exercise Journal about
their activity for the day.
- Write a story about someone exercising.
- Adapt the exercise according to special needs student. Students
can move just their arms, legs, or heads.
- Have the students create a poster of their favorite way to
- Graph the class' favorite exercises.
- Play Busy Body Bingo at home.
- Plan an activity night with your family.
- Assess the students to what degree they can perform the On the
Move independently. If need be, re-teach the skill to the whole
class or individual if necessary.
- Perform activities in small groups.
- Have students log in his or her exercise journal what they have
done for exercise daily.
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Often, an active childhood lays the groundwork for a lifetime
of fitness. Participation in athletics improves overall physical
fitness, coordination, self-discipline, and allows children to learn the
importance of teamwork.
Kenefick, R. W., and DeCamp, A., and Gauthier, A., (2005). Promoting Physical Exercise
and Activity in Children. University of New Hampshire (Cooperative Extension).
Retrieved January, 26, 2007, from http://www.uen.org
Current recommendations suggest that children and adults should
both strive for 60 minutes of physical activity every day, or most every
day. One of the best ways to get your children physically active is to
get involved yourself and be a role model. If your children see that
you are having fun being active, then they are more likely to become