Wall, Net and Floor Game Variations to Spike and Slam Ball Play

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Spikeball game variations

By now you’ve probably heard of and/or played games like Spikeball® or Slammo. You may have even introduced them to your PE Program or purchased a set to have at your summer camp or after school program. Besides being fun and engaging, these games can provide a challenge, even for athletic players. They are similar to volleyball – physically demanding with quick movements, hand-eye coordination, and then throw in strategy – well you’ve got yourself quite the physical activity!

Introducing different types of wall, net and floor spike games can be really rewarding for students for a number of reasons. The games are fun, fast paced, challenging AND they are relatively new – so it’s exciting! Plus, there are a number of skills that are addressed using SHAPE National Standards for K-12 from striking and volleying, to strategy and creating space. Continue reading



Kaleidoscope Craft with Educational Activity Ideas

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kaleidoscope craft activities

The EduCraft® Kaleidoscopes Craft Kit is one of our most popular craft kits. It makes 25 kaleidoscopes that rotate to make spectacular patterns. This is a great group activity for the classroom, afterschool, or at any educational program. View the instructions below, along with 7 different activites related to math, social studies, science, and written language.

Age group: 8 and up

Project Time: 60 minutes

kaleidoscope materials

Your kit contains:

  • Long Cardboard Tubes
  • Short Cardboard Tubes
  • Frosted Plastic Circles
  • Cardboard Circles with Hole
  • Clear Plastic Circles
  • Silver Acetate Sheets
  • Assorted Beads
  • Tape
  • Teaching Guide with instructions and illustrations

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Water Activities for Kids on Hot Summer Days

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water activities summerSummer is a special kind of season. With its sense of freedom and more relaxed air, summer can be one of the more anticipated seasons around. The weather generally allows for travel and other plans with less interruption except for one component: the heat. If you are a camp counselor, recreational program director, or work with kids outside in general, you may need to adjust plans for physical activities and other events for hot days. One of the best ways to help combat the heat is water!

From running through a hose or sprinkler to a slip and slide, there are a lot of water activities you can plan for children. Below are 4 water activities that you can use to quench the children’s thirst for something cool to do on a hot day. Continue reading



4 Outdoor Games for Summer Camp

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outdoor games summerSummer camp is a treasured time of year many school children look forward to. It means time with friends in a less structured environment, with all the fun summer activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, and all those camp related activities.

It’s not just a great experience for the children who attend; summer camp for many is a way to make extra money, further their teaching experience, do something different with friends, and provide an experience they once had as a child. That is why it is important that the activities that staff can use with children are engaging, fun, and memorable. You want summer camp to stay special, and it won’t if you plan the same stale games each time. Here are some outdoor games that can translate to other educational settings, which have a fresh spin and will make any summer camper or staff member jump up and down all year for summer! Continue reading



5 Classic Fitness Games for Kids

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It often amazes me just how many fitness games come with complicated rules and require so much equipment. Not every physical educator, day care center, recreational program, or family has the space or means by which to acquire large amounts of equipment.

So how do you keep children active? You get creative!

As a physical education teacher who has no gym and no inside space for my class, I have come up with some games that meet learning outcomes while keeping students engaged and active. The ones I find work best are the good old-fashioned games that I played as a child, and even my parents before me. Timeless games with a spark of creativity yield the best results in my experience. I am sharing a few ideas with you in the hopes that they spark a creative storm of pure genius in you.

Fitness Hangman

fitness PE games

How to Play:

The concept of playing hangman is simple. You have one person pick a word and draw out the number of spaces that equal the number of letters in that word. If the word is “fast,” then there would be four spaces like this: ­­_ _ _ _. Children then take turns trying to guess a letter in the word. If they guess the letter right, it goes where it belongs in the appropriate space. If it is not right, the letter is written on a space on the board or paper you are using to play, and then a body part is drawn on the writing surface. Personally, I like to make it detailed. First, I draw a head, an eye for the next wrong guess, and so on so that students have more guesses.

Fitness Variation:

I turn this into a fitness activity by having a set of exercise cards or exercises written on note cards nearby. After each guess, the guesser picks up an exercise card and everyone in the group has to do that exercise. Have one student write down the missed letters. Have another student fill in the spaces when a right letter is guessed. Let one student hold the exercise card and another draw the hangman. This way, everyone is involved, moving, and having fun. Continue reading



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