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    Physical Education-At Home


    Physical Education games that you can play at home.  Exciting games that you can play if you’re stuck at home or just simply looking to stay active at home.




    GRADES: 1ST-12TH

    EQUIPMENT: 4 Bases, 1 bat and 1 ball.


    • TIP: Anything can be used as a bat.  (Broom, Soda bottle, Umbrella and your Hand)


    • In this game you only need 3 players, but you can play with more.


    • One player bats, one player pitches and both the fielder and pitcher play the field.


    • ROTATION: Batter goes to the field, fielder, becomes the pitcher and pitcher rotates to the batter position.


    • This game can be played with a underhand softball pitch, overhand baseball pitch or a larger ball can be rolled for kickball.


    • RULES: 1 point is received by the batter for every base they touch.


    • Batters can get out if they’re tagged or the fielders touch home base with the ball.


    • OPTIONAL: Caught hits are not an out.





    GRADES: K-12TH


    EQUIPMENT: 1 Table and 1 ball with bounce. Ideal ball used is a 8-10″ rubber kickball.


    • The ball must bounce one time before you serve and the player receiving the ball must let it bounce on the ground before they strike it.


    • The served ball must go over the far end of the table.  After the serve, the ball may go over any side of the table.  Player’s may move on all sides of the table, depending where the ball goes.


    • Serves must be underhand.


    • The ball may bounce multiple times on top of the table.


    • VARIATION: You  may play 1 v 1 v 1.  Player 1 serves to player 2, player 2 strikes the ball to player 3 and player 3 strikes to player 1.


    • VARIATION: You can also play 2 v 2 with teammates rotating their turn to strike the ball.


    • TIP: Allow K-2nd grade to catch and throw the ball onto the table. 



    4 AND & 2 SQUARE



    GRADES: 2ND-12TH


    EQUIPMENT: 1 Rubber ball or a ball with bounce and Chalk.


    • Object of the game is to become the server.


    • I will go over my old school rules, but you can adjust the rules to  your liking.


    • Ball must be served underhand to box 2.  After the serve it can be struck anywhere and overhand.


    • Ball must bounce once before you strike it.


    • Lines are out.


    • Not allowed to catch or carry the ball.


    • If you get out, you must go to box 1 or the end of the line.


    • VARIATION: Soccer 4 squares.  Same rules with a few variations.


    • Obviously use your feet instead of your hands.  


    • I prefer two touches and one bounce, but you can adjust the rules to the skill level of the players.


    • VARIATION: 2 Square.  Rules are the same.  If you only have two players, than you can play up to a score of 10.





    GRADES: 4TH-12TH 


    EQUIPMENT: Volleyball or ball with some cushion and anything can be used at a net.


    • This game can be played with younger children if you have access to a beach ball or balloon.


    • As you can see in the photo, anything can be used as a net.


    • Adjust boundaries and rules to your surroundings. 









    • You need at least 3 players.


    • One player is the announcer.  The other two players are the competitors.  This can be rotated after every round.


    • The two players will be give the number 1 or 2.


    • The announcer will call one of the numbers.


    • The player’s number that is called becomes the tagger.  The other player must run to a designated line behind them before they’re tagged.


    • If a player reaches the line before they’re tagged, they will receive a point.


    • If the tagger makes the tag before their opponent crosses the line, they’ll receive a point.


    • The winner stays in and the the loser becomes the announcer.


    • Set the distance approximately 20-40ft.




    GRADES: 4TH-12TH


    EQUIPMENT: 1 Ball with bounce.  Preferably a pinkie or racket ball.


    • All you need for this game, is a ball, a partner and a wall.


    • Bounce the ball once before you strike it.


    • The ball must hit the wall after it makes contact with your hand on the serve.


    • You can use chalk to draw a line on the wall and the ground at a 2.5ft distance.  


    • On the serve, the ball must land beyond the 2.5ft line.  After the serve the ball may land inside of the line.


    • Draw lines for your sidelines, which should be the width of your wall.  


    • A 20ft width or less is more than enough space.


    • TIP: If you’re playing this at home, you should have flexibility with your court.  A wall and a ball should be all you need.







    EQUIPMENT: 1 rubber ball or ball with a bounce.


    • You can play with as many as 10 players.  I don’t recommend any higher.


    • Object is to be the thrower.


    • Once the ball comes off the wall anyone can catch it.


    • If a player drops the ball off the wall, they must touch the wall before another player hits the wall with the ball.


    • If the ball hits the wall before the players touches the wall than there out.


    • OPTION: Instead of knocking the player out of the game, they simply receive a point.  The lower your score the better.


    • OPTION: No points kept and the player that dropped the ball, simply stays in and play continues.







    EQUIPMENT: Basket and Socks


    • Ball up 2 socks together. Use for pairs for the game.


    • Designate a starting line.  (Age appropriate)


    • Place the basket 5-20 feet from the throwing line.


    • You must toss as many socks into the basket as you can in a 30-60 second time limit.


    • After you toss your 4th pair of socks, you must run to the basket, retrieve them and go back to the throwing line.


    • The process repeats until time is up.





    GRADES: 3RD-12TH


    EQUIPMENT: Tarp and clipboard


    Grades: 2nd-8th


    Equipment: 1 tarp per team (5-10 player ea team), clip board & paper.


    • Choose 1 captain per team. The captain will hold a minature version of the tarp with a pattern colored in.


    • One player at a time from each team will attempt to make their way across the tarp one step at a time.


    • The captain can only say “no” if a player steps in the wrong location or “yes” if they step in the correct location. Option: use a bell for “no” and say nothing for “yes”


    • Tip: Give each team a different pattern, but make sure they have the same amount of steps to take.


    • Players are not allowed to skip over spaces or step on the same space twice.


    • The older the player, the more steps you can add and increase the difficulty with the pattern.





    GRADES: K-12TH


    EQUIPMENT: Anything strong enough to support you.  Must be low to the ground.


    • Challenge yourself to hang from a pull-up bar for as long as you.


    • This will test your upper body and grip strength.





    GRADES: 2nd-8th


    EQUIPMENT: 2 hoops and food cards.


    • You’ll need a minimum of 2 players to have a relay but you can play this game with one child if a parent is willing to run the game.



    • Place a hoop approximately 30 feet from the starting line.


    • In the hoop, place food cards throughout.


    • On the signal “Bring me back fish, something healthy, high carbs, high protein, low in fat, etc…..” the players will run to the far hoop and bring them to the starting line.


    • 1 point is earned for returning to the start line first. An additional point is earned for bringing back the correct food.


    • If a player brings back the incorrect food item, they’ll lose 1 point.


    • OPTION: When playing with 1 player, you can time the player to see how many correct food items they bring back inside of a 2-3 minute rounds.







    EQUIPMENT: 1 Jump Rope and 1 deck ring (Other equipment can be used)


    • Any time of rope can be used and you don’t have to have a deck ring.


    • Tie the object or deck ring to the end of the rope.


    • You’ll need at least 2 players for this game, but there’s almost no limit.


    • One player will swing the rope in a circular pattern below knee level.  The other player will attempt to jump over the ring/rope.


    • If you only have two players, you can keep score by giving a point to a player every time they jump over the ring.


    • If a player is hit by the ring/rope, they switch roles.


    • If you have multiple, then the last player standing becomes the player in charge of the rope.


    bench Ball


    Equipment: 4 benches, 1 foam soccer ball, wrist bands and pinnies.


    • Break your class into 4 teams.


    • Place one bench in each corner of your basketball court or gym and the ball in the center.


    • Each player gets a number and stands behind their bench.


    • When a players number is called, they will run to the middle and trap the ball before playing. (This helps to avoid collisions).


    • The object is to shoot the ball into the front of the bench from one of the the other 3 teams.


    • The team that has the least goals scored on them, wins the game.  The lower number wins.


    • TIP: Don’t stop the game after 1 goal.  Goals are scored often in this game, so allow the players to score a few, before placing the ball back into the center.


    • The same team is not allowed to be scored on with two goals in a row.  Another words, the players on the court can’t just keep shooting over and over on the same goal, since none of the teams use a goalie.


    • Remember you can call more than one number at a time, but I don’t recommend calling more than two numbers at a time.  4 or 8 players on the court is a good number to play with.  Once you reach 12 players it gets too crowded.


    • If the ball goes behind one of the benches, the players that are waiting behind them are allowed to throw or roll the ball back into play.


    • Option: Play with a goalie.  When a number is called, the number just below it will become the goalie.  For example: If number 4 is called to play on the court, number 3 will be the goalie and protect their bench.  If you want to make things even more complicated, call two numbers such as 2 and 4.  Player number 1 would become the goalie.  It’s always the player just below the lowest number called.


    • Note: I’ve always called this game bench ball, for obvious reasons.  If you’re an experienced phys ed teacher or camp counselor I’m sure you know how to make the game your own.  Ball carts and small goals will also work well with this game.  I prefer benches, because the balls bounce off and the kids can keep playing with a stoppage.


    • No punting in this game.


    • If you decide to use goalies, they’re not allowed to score.





    Equipment: 1 bench per team.


    • If you don’t have benches, use ball carts, turn tables on their side.


    • Object is to hit the benches of the other team.


    • Each team must stay near their bench.


    • OPTION: You can make the playing bigger than what you see in the photo.


    • VARIATION: A point can be made if the ball is hit over a bench, but still below head level.


    • VARIATION: Allow 1 player from each team to move freely.


    • You have an option for players to only use hands, feet or both.


    • If you have enough equipment, you can set up two or three games at the same time.




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