Field trips to the pool and pool parties are a big part of summer fun for kids. Although we have pool noodles and endless beach balls here at S&S, we wanted to help introduce you to some fun pool activity ideas that ensure everyone at the pool has a good time. We’ve even included activities to include children that don’t want to or are not ready to swim yet.
These activities were grouped together because they are easy to transport (field trips) and easy to store (most are inflatable).
The classic game of tic tac toe – but jumbo! With an oversized and inflatable game board and pieces, this game is perfect for the pool or the lawn. Play on teams of two, or one on one. Kids that are not swimming can also play outside of the pool or toss from the side of the pool. The pieces are also two colors, blue on one side and orange on the other.
Sidewalk Chalk is an all time favorite here at S&S Worldwide. There’s something exciting about having an infinite blank canvas and allowing your imagination to come to life through colors and fun! Whether you’re drawing a foursquare court or your favorite flower, sidewalk chalk can be used to turn your outdoor space into a classroom learning experience. Get active with fun games, learn colors, numbers, or create a music graph to teach music. We’ve got some ideas to inspire your time outside this summer that we know you will love.
Hopscotch with a Twist…and a Turn and a Ssnap!
We love this idea from JrImagination. You can really add any activity to the boxes. Ask the children to pick actions and motions for the game, theme activities to support lessons, or concepts you are working on with them, and even have them help build it!
The annual Super Bowl football game is the most-watched TV event in history, with over 110 million people tuning in to watch the big game every year. As a physical education teacher, you can capitalize on the hype and excitement that students and their families feel around game time. These activities, assessments, and bulletin board ideas we’ve compiled from PE Central will get your class’ head in the game!
Before you start planning activities, take a look at this motivating bulletin board idea that includes facts about the game that students would find interesting and inspiring. Fact ideas include history of the first football game and equipment, as well as average salaries for top coaches and players.
Common knowledge from educational materials suggest that a student’s attention span is as long as their age. As adults, we know that we should get up and move every 50 minutes. The trend today is less sitting and more moving. Standing desks, foot fidgets, desk cycles are just a few ways teachers are updating their classrooms. For our students, it’s also about allowing students to break at that natural point that coincides with the end of their attention span. This is generally known as a brain break. Brain breaks are a great way to help students get some movement and refresh so they can focus and learn to their full ability. Below are some brain breaks or fitness ideas that work well in short bursts.
The “No Sitting” Classroom
This idea may sound radical, but it is based on the notion that the majority of what students retain is done through kinesthetic learning. A classroom where students are in constant movement sounds out there, but it is worth considering for one subject or a portion of class and see how it goes. While students are learning, you can have them switch desks after a reading section, math problem, or other natural breaking point. Continue reading →
Every teacher knows that feeling: it’s raining, it snowed and the fields are covered in snow, it’s too cold, it’s too hot, they are mowing the lawn, or perhaps doing work on the playground and you can’t take the students out for recess. It is very frustrating because as teachers, we know that the children need recess. Not only is it good for socialization, but the exercise benefits their academic study. But many times, teachers resign themselves to doing nothing. They give students free time, or break out the board games, educational and non-educational. While this is great for the students at times, it’s best to also give students physical activities during recess.
Silent Speed Ball
This game is definitely a crowd pleaser. First, students make a circle. They can play either sitting or standing. You start with one ball. The students have to pass the ball across the circle to another student. The students cannot talk during the game. If a student talks, they are out. Or, if you want no outs, then have them do 10 jumping jacks to get back in. Continue reading →