9 P.E. Activities for Grades K–12
No matter their age, it’s important for children to get regular exercise and spend time outside. Establishing the habit of regular exercise helps make health a priority and can also meet your online school or homeschool requirement for physical education.
As an online school family, you may have already developed your own physical education program but need some fresh ideas to add to your list! Or if you’re a parent who is just starting to develop your child’s P.E. program, use this list of physical education activities to keep him or her active. Whatever your situation, the activities on this list will remind you of favorite pastimes and give you new ideas.
Online school students can get cardiovascular exercise by walking, jogging, or running, but races add excitement and help children increase their speed and agility. If your own children are too far apart in age for a fair race, give younger kids a head start. Or try these physical education activities with other online school or homeschool families. Here are some ideas for races:
1. Timed scavenger hunt
Set a time limit for kids to find all of the objects on a list of items found in nature. Whoever has the most items when the clock runs out wins. Older children can even coordinate the scavenger hunt.
2. Obstacle course
Set up a race course with items to jump over and run around to make things interesting! Use recycled items such as empty boxes and plastic milk jugs as your obstacles, or make a parkour-style race by planning your course around objects in your yard.
3. Sack race
Have each child stand inside an old pillowcase (or even a sturdy plastic trash bag) and, keeping both feet together, hop as fast as they can to the finish line. Or have an old-fashioned three-legged race by pairing kids up and tying two of their legs together to create the third “leg.”
Outdoor Yard Sports and Games
Online school and homeschool students need to continue developing coordination as they learn about fitness. These coordination-building activities work well as P.E. exercise. While these ideas do require some equipment, you can easily set up and play them in your own yard or a local park or playground.
4. Field sports
Activities such as handball, kickball, baseball, and flag football require a larger outdoor space and group of players. You’ll need the right athletic balls and materials to mark bases or lines on the grass.
5. Net sports
Tennis requires a flat court, but you can set up outdoor volleyball or badminton in the grass. Each sport requires a net, and you’ll also need racquets and birdies or a volleyball. Badminton nets are hung right above the ground, while standard volleyball nets are about seven feet high. Two to four people can play each sport, although larger teams are usually more fun for volleyball. Volleyball is always more fun at the beach, but you might find volleyball courts at a public swimming pool in your area.
6. Frisbee games
Ultimate Frisbee is fun for all ages and is more active and competitive than simple catch. You can also try a simple form of Frisbee or disc golf by placing baskets in different parts of the yard and trying to land the Frisbee inside.
If you have access to an indoor pool through a local school, fitness center, or recreation facility, swimming is fantastic year-round physical education exercise to consider for your online school students. Not only does the water provide resistance for strengthening muscles, but it also supports the body’s joints, making swimming a great exercise for parents, too!
7. Diving games
Diving for objects at the bottom of the pool helps swimmers practice endurance training. It’s also a lot of fun if you play diving games such as racing to find as many coins as possible within a time limit or within one breath.
8. Water aerobics
Instead of signing up for a water aerobics class, create your own exercise routine for the backyard, neighborhood, or fitness center pool. Children of all ages and their parents can get involved. Watch water aerobics videos to learn some moves, and consider using a pair of water weights.
9. Water sports
If you get tired of playing Marco Polo, try more advanced water sports. You need a goal for water polo, a net for volleyball, and a hoop for basketball, and all three require balls.
Even without the traditional gym teacher and (ugly!) phys ed uniforms, online school and homeschool students can learn how to stay healthy, active, and fit. With a bit of creativity and a spirit of fun, parents can help their kids establish healthy exercise habits for a lifetime.
To learn how you can be more involved in your student’s education, visit the website for Connections AcademyⓇ online public school. Or to learn about online private school, visit International Connections Academy’s website.