A variety of K-3 games designed by college students.
Submitted by Julian Stein, Oliver Springs, Tennessee.
Here’s a selection of activities submitted by the students of Julian Stein of George Mason University. Julian recently retired and is now living in Tennessee!
PE RESOURCE BOX By Cory Cuthbert
As an elementary classroom teacher with nine or ten subjects to teach each week, it became necessary for me to invent a system for storing my Physical Education resources so that they could be at my fingertips when I needed them. I bought a cardboard dresser (with drawers that pull out) and organized each drawer for easy access. Each drawer is labeled and now my resources are organized for easy access.
For example, in my “Games” drawer I have resource packets, task cards, and indoor game ideas. The materials are organized in zip-lock bags and folders. Other drawers include:
- “Cooperative Games” and
- “Games from Other Countries.”
I have also collected exercise tapes, task cards for warm-up activities, and resources for Health Education. I constantly am on the “look-out” for other items that I can add to my “Resource Box.” My students appreciate the variety of planned activities, and now it is easier for me to integrate Physical Education activities with other subject areas!
HOPSCOTCH CHALLENGES By Marsha Nolan
Here’s another twist to the traditional game of hopscotch.
Bean Bouncers: The students are challenged to carry a small plastic cup filled with 10 dry beans as they do the hopscotch pattern, run to a turning point about 20 feet away, do the hopscotch grid again, and pass the cup to the next student.
This is not a relay performed for time; rather, the students in each line will perform a pre-determined number of passes (Example: each team will take eight turns before stopping) and see which group has “lost” fewer beans.
Double Bean Bouncers: This game is played as described above, except that the students have to make two jumps (double bounce) in each square.
Jump Rope Hopscotch: This game is for your older students with good jump rope skills. Each group is given a short jump rope. In this activity the students are challenged to jump a single rope as they do the hopscotch pattern.
Each student will jump the hopscotch grid, run to the turning point while skipping the rope, do the hopscotch grid again, and pass the rope to the next player. Instead of racing against each other, challenge your students to take their time and see if they can complete the course at least four times without a mistake!
SUMMERTIME FUN! By Edith Gross and Karen Auftonborg
Here’s a station activity with a summertime theme! Divide your students into five groups and have them rotate through five exciting stations.
Each activity is reviewed with the students so they know what to do at each station. Play music as the students rotate from station to station every 2-3 minutes! Here’s a description of the stations:
1.) Beach Ball Volley: Using carpet squares, the students kneel and play a volleyball game using a beach ball or balloon. A rope strung between two chairs serves as the net. Play to five points and then have the teams change sides and play another game!
2.) No Fishing: The students crawl through the play tunnel and cross the balance beam bridge. As they cross the bridge, they bend down and pick up a fish. Each posterboard fish has an exercise written on the underside of it.
“No fishing! Do five curl-ups.”
“No fishing! Do five push-ups.”
The students do the exercises at the designated exercise area and then return to the bridge to get another “fish.” After completing each exercise, the students place the fish back in the “river.” 3.) Penny Arcade: Two or three players face each other at a distance of about six feet. A penny is placed between them. One player has a small ball (tennis ball or small playground ball) and tries to throw the ball and hit the penny. Each player gets a turn to try and hit the penny. When a player hits the penny with the ball, he or she gets to keep the penny. Who will have the most pennies when the music stops?
4.) Jump Rope: Have two students turn the rope while the third player jumps. Use this chant: “Summertime, summertime, rock and roll’s in, when I move out, give me some skin!” The jumper continues to jump ten times or until he or she misses. When the jumper moves out, he or she “gives some skin” to the next player in. The jumper now becomes one of the turners. Depending on the student’s skill level, the rope can continue turning as the jumper moves out, or it can be stopped until the next jumper is ready.
5.) Beach Blanket Bongo: The players will use a large blanket and try to keep one ball up in the air by shaking the blanket and bouncing the balls up in the air. The students will count the number of successful times they can keep the ball “bouncing.” Add another ball to increase the challenge. You will be surprised what a good upper body workout your students will have at this station!
Other Thoughts: We used music that was popular with the students and appropriate for them. Different colored footprints can be used to indicate the direction to move from station to station for your younger students and special education classes.