Physical Education Games Kindergarten-2nd
When I do birthday parties for Kindergarten-2nd age, I never leave home without my parachute. It’s bailed me out of trouble on hot summer birthday parties when kids were tired of the other games. The following games on great for Physical Education class and birthday parties.
Equipment: 1 parachute, a mix of tennis, wiffle balls and foam balls.
- Walk, jog & run clockwise & counter clockwise.
- Motion in the ocean (simply make waves)
- Lift it up & let it come down.
- Trap door: Everyone lifts the parachute up and goes inside when pulling down. Tip: a reverse grip helps when turning.
- Sharks: All players make waves. When their number is called, they swim under the parachute and bite (grab) someones else’s leg, take their spot and that player become a shark. Tip: Make a few players the same number.
- Run Across: All player lift the parachute. When their number is called, they must run across to another side.
- Mouse Trap: Same idea, but when the teacher yells “MOUSE TRAP” the players holding onto the parachute bring it to the floor as quickly as possible to catch the mice.
- Pop Corn: Place as many balls as you prefer as mentioned in the equipment list.
- Make waves and see how quickly you can get them off the parachute.
- Pop Corn variation: Make a few teams, red, green, blue. See which team can keep their color ball on the parachute for the longest period of time.
- Let it go: Lift the parachute to it’s highest point and let it go. See which players it falls on top of.
- Race Car: When a players number is called, they must run counter clockwise on the outside of the parachute and return to their spot.
- Fly the Coop: Place rubber chickens on the parachute. Shake them off and attempt to catch the chickens before they hit the ground and throw them back on the parachute.
Equipment: Hula hoops
- Hoops are placed in a circular, rectangular or Snake like pattern.
- Students/campers hop, skip, jump or walk quickly around the hoops until the music stops or whistle blows.
- If a student doesn’t get a hoop, they must perform exercises for one round while the other kids play as you may have seen in the video above. Click on musical hula hoops if you missed.
- Variation: Each round take one or more hoops away to make it tougher. You can let players back in the game after they perform their exercise and the new round begins.
- Variation: Play exactly the same way as the last variation, but after a player gets out two times, they’re out completely until the next round begins.
Equipment: 30+ bean bags & 4 hula hoops.
Set up: Each team is placed in a corner of the gym, behind a hula hoop in a straight line.
All of the bean bags are placed in the center of the gym.
Object: To have more bean bags in your hoop at the end of the game.
- On the start signal the first person in line from each team, will run to the center and place the bean bag in their hoop without throwing it.
- Once the first bean bag is placed in the hoop, all of the players from that team, may take bean bags from the center or steal bean bags from the other teams.
- No blocking or guarding a hoops.
- No throwing the bean bags.
- Only allowed to have 1 bean bag in your hand at a time.
- When the game stops, if a player has a bean bag in their hand, they may bring it back to their hoop.
- Players will count the bean bags to which team had the most. Bean bags will than be placed back in the center, lines will rotate and a new game will begin.
Equipment: 1 bowling pin, dome cone, basketball or kick ball per team.
Object of the game is to see which team can hit their pin down the most.
Note: This page is for k-2nd, but my 3rd-5th graders love this game.
- Each team is place behind a dome cone in a straight line.
- One teammate stands 15-30ft away behind the bowling pin.
- The first person in line on each team rolls the ball and attempts to knock the pin down.
- The job of the player behind the pin is to get the ball and hand it off to the next player in line.
- The job of the player that rolls the ball, is to stand up the pin and take the place behind the pin.
- Note: Kids will try to do both jobs and that’s okay, but keep reminding them until they get the hang of it. If a player gets the ball & fixes the pin, it will slow their team down.
- Pick one score keeper from each team.
- Not allowed to hit the ball off the teammate behind the pin.
- NOTE: Aerobic bowling is a great game to add into your cooperative games unit. CLICK HERE, if you would like to check out more cooperative games.
Clean Your Own Backyard
Equipment: Depends on the sport you’re playing.
Object of the game is to have less balls/equipment on your side of the gym.
- One team on each side of the half court line.
- If you’re using soccer skills, you would use foam soccer balls.
- On the start signal, players can kick soccer balls. If a ball is caught they may do a soccer throw-in.
- When the game stops on a whistle, or music stopping, all players will sit.
- The teacher will count the balls and see which team has less. The team with less, wins the game.
- Important: Players may NOT kick a ball after the game stops, but they must remember it is possible balls could be rolling after the game is stopped and that’s part of the game.
- This game can be played with various types of equipment, such as, frisbees, footballs, hockey balls and more.
- VARIATION: This game can be played with 4 teams. One team in each corner of the gym. You could even section your gym off so the kids could play with 6 teams.
Carry The Crew
Equipment: 2 dome cones and 1 hoop per team.
Object of the game is to get all of your team to the other side of the gym first.
All players except one are lined up in a straight line behind a dome cone.
- Their teammate is on the other side of the gym behind the dome cone with a hula hoop.
- On the start signal the player with hoop runs to the other side of the gym and one teammate grabs onto the hoop and runs back to the far dome cone.
- The player that started with the hoop will now wait for their teammates, while the person they just rescued, save another player.
- This process continues until all of the players are safe. First team to accomplish this wins the game. Tip: I like to say which team finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd instead of naming one team as the winner.
Rock Paper Scissor Team Battle
I normally only like to play games like this when I’m KICKED OUT OF THE GYM, but it’s not bad for a 7-10 minute game in the gym.
Equipment: Poly Spots, Wrist Bands or Pinnies.
- Set up a row of poly dots running along the half court line.
- One player from each team in the center on a poly dot. The rest of the team waiting on the side line.
- The first two players in line play rock, paper, scissors. The winner moves up one poly spot and plays the next player on the other team. The losing player goes to the end of the line on their side line.
- I recommend about 5 or 6 poly spots on each teams side. When dealing with K-2, depending on your class size you can make 2 or 3 groups,so you can keep an eye on them. Maybe even 1 group the first time you play.
Equipment: Wrist bands or Pinnies
- Break the class up into 2 teams.
- Have the class joins hand or elbows in a circle. The other half are the rats and they’re roaming free.
- Inside the circle are bean bags (cheese). The rats will receive 1 point for every piece of cheese they steal and place in a bin.
- When the teacher yells “MOUSE TRAP” the circled players will sit and attempt to trap as many rats as possible.
- The rats will lose 1 point for every rat that is caught.
- Keep switching roles of the rats, so both teams can keep earning points.
Equipment: Tug of war rope, scooters, mats, balance beams, hoops, poly spots, noodles.
- You have many options how you want to set up this game, but I will show you I do mine.
- Break the class into two groups. 1 group will go thru the course first and one group will be on the course.
- One team needs to go thru a course, just like the game pitfall, if you remember the video game from the 80’s.
- The course starts with the players swinging from a tug of war rope (vine) over crocodiles.
- The next obstacle are players on scooters from the other team (scorpions) that are trying to tag them.
- If they haven’t been tagged yet, they’ll need to get over the mats(spider web) with players from the other team crawling on their hand and knees.
- This portion of the course is balance beams ( tight rope).
- As soon as they get off the tight rope, players from the other team are rolling balls(barrels) at them. They must jump over or avoid.
- As they close in on the end of the course, there are players (snakes) hiding behind mats with spaces in between (caves). The players must go thru the open spaces.
- The team will receive 1 point for every player that makes it thru the course.
- Along the course there will be bean bags (gold) spread out all over the place. If a player gets thru the course and has a piece of gold with them, they’ll receive an extra point for their team.
Equipment: Softballs & Golf Balls (Outdoor), Bean bags (Indoor) & Cones.
Grades: 1st-12th A wide variety of ages can enjoy this game.
- Students can play 1 v 1 or 2 v 2.
- Set a cone that students must stand behind when throwing.
- INDOOR SET UP: Designate a specific colored bean bag as the target. You can have students toss the target bean bag or you can place it at a age appropriate distance.
- Option: You can use a cone as the target.
- Scoring: 1 point for the bean bag closest to the target bean bag. If one team has more than 1 bean bag closer, they can earn additional points.
- Option: If a bean bag is touching the target bean bag, the team may will receive 3 points.
- OUTDOOR SET UP: Rules are the same, except you’re using softballs & golf balls. Golf balls are your target ball. You could buy bocce ball sets, but that can get expensive.
Equipment: Bean bags & Corn hole box ( Card board box) and cones.
Grades: 1st-12th A wide variety of ages can enjoy this game.
- Corn hole boxes can get very pricey. All you need is a card board box. Cut a hole in it and place 2 cones underneath one side to create your angle and you’re all set.
- 2 v 2 games.
- Set age an age appropriate distance.
- 1st-4th grade rules, players earn 1 point for every bean bag on the box and 3 points if the bean bag goes in the hole.
- 5th-12th grade is scored differently. For example: If one team scores 7 points and the other team scores 4 points, the team with 7 points would receive 3 points for that round.
- Once again this game can be run like a tournament or you can just have teams rotate without running an actual tournament. 5th-12th graders will enjoy a tournament.
- Running a corn hole tournament at your Summer camp once or twice will be a blast for your campers.
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Equipment: Balloons, Cones and anything you need for your obstacle course.
- One balloon per student.
- Toss up and Catch.
- Strike up and catch with two hands.
- Strike up and Catch with one hand.
- Alternate hands on each strike.
- Strike up, turn 360 and catch.
- Strike up, turn 360, strike again and catch.
- Strike up in air 10x without dropping.
- Strike, clap and catch. clap 2x, 3x.
- Strike with hand, knee, foot and catch.
- Strike with head, knee, foot, elbow. No hands.
- Striking with a pool noodle.
- Pass back and forth with a partner. Count how many times you strike the balloon without hitting the ground.
- Same, but now with two balloons.
- Feet and knees only.
- Strike one balloon from one end of the gym to the other without hitting the ground.
- Relay race. Strike balloon to half court line and back with teams of 4 or 5 players. Note: If the balloon hits the ground, simply pick it up and continue.
- Relay race, but now you can use hand and feet. It’s okay if it hits the ground.
- Run with balloon in your hand and when you return to your team, you must sit on and pop balloon.
- Crab walk, while striking the balloon with any part of your body.
- Strike balloon around the gym, but all players must stay on a line at all times.
- Students will attempt to strike their balloon into a can or box from a designated distance.
- Lay on your back and strike the balloon in the air. Add a 2nd balloon.
- KEEP IT UP: Place students in groups of 4-6 players. All players hold hands and stand in a circle. They are not allowed to break hand and must strike the balloon as many times as they can without hitting the ground.
- BALLOON TAG: All players have a balloon and all players are taggers. If one player strikes their balloon and it hit’s another player, they’ll receive a point.
- Option: If a player is hit with a balloon, they must perform an exercise before returning to play.
- OBSTACLE COURSE: Strike balloon while going thru the course.
- The course can be simple. Simply walking in and out of cones, stepping on poly spots, walking across a mat and in & out of hula hoops.
- OPTION: Increased level obstacle ideas. Crawl along a mat while striking the balloon, jump a low hurdle, perform a push up, low balance beam, go under a bridge.
- 1 v 1: Place a line on the floor. Players will attempt to strike the balloon back & forth over the line. OPTION: If the balloon hits the ground on their opponents side, they’ll receive a point.
- VARIATION: Same game, but players are in a push-up position. They must keep their knees off ground. TIP: Don’t play this style for too much time.
- VARIATION: Same set up, but players must get in a crab position and can only use their feet.
- NOTE: You can increase the difficulty by using a low net or barrier to strike the ball over instead of a line on the floor.
- VOLLEYBALL SKILLS: Underhand serve, overhand serve, bumping, setting and spiking.
- VOLLEYBALL GAME: Teams of 2-4 players with a small/low net. One player is not allowed to hit the balloon two times in a row. TIP: You’ll net a lot of nets, so if you don’t have them just use anything you have. A few boxes will work, mats, ball carts, etc…
- OPTION: Same activities with paddles or rackets.
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Equipment: Bean bags, Poly Spots and Cones.
- Place each team behind a designated cone.
- One poly spot will be placed 15-25 feet away from each team.
- Object of the game is to toss the Frog (bean bag) onto the Lily pad (poly spot).
- 1 Point if the frog is partially on the lily pad. 3 points if the frog is completely on the lily pad.
- This game can be set up like Aerobic Bowling and have 1 player begin behind the lily pad and the rest of the team behind the designated cone.
- The job of the player behind the lily pad is to bring the frog back to the next person in line.
- The player that tosses the frog, will take the place of the player that was behind the lily pad.
- OPTION: This can also be played just like a Corn Hole.
I hope you enjoyed these games. Please feel free to leave a comment or question below.