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

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



Activities for Older Americans Month – Engage at Every Age

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Have fun in May as you help your senior residents celebrate Older Americans Month. Throughout the month, schedule fun activities that coordinate with the 2018 theme “Engage at Every Age”, and provide opportunities for your residents to learn, share, volunteer, and celebrate.

Learn

Teach your residents something new during the month of May by planning educational activities. For instance, invite speakers into your facility to give talks during a Senior Lecture Series, or use adventure DVDs to take your residents on armchair travel adventures, right in your Activity Room.

As a weekly activity, pick a different skill or technique to teach your residents. For example teach the residents in your Baking Club about your technique for making lattice-crust pies, or teach your Pottery Club members the pinching technique for shaping clay pottery. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Sandra Hagenbach

This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Sandra Hagenbach!

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Myself and some students from my FUTP60 team at a Packer game which we attended by winning a contest

About Sandra:

I am a Physical Education teacher at Heritage Elementary School in De Pere, Wisconsin. I teach Kindergarten through fourth grade, and we have about 500 students at my school. I’ve been teaching for over 30 years! I love to integrate classroom literacy with physical literacy. And my favorite part about being a PE teacher is seeing a student smile when they are successful.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

We teach a Nutrition Unit and then have “Heart Week”. Heart Week consists of a full gym Circulatory System obstacle course that teaches the circulatory system and heart health. Our Nutrition Unit emphasizes the concepts of Whoa-Slow-G0 foods, Energy IN=Energy Out and the number of servings needed a day from the MyPlate food groups for older students. Younger students concentrate on identifying the food groups and eating a balanced diet from all the food groups. The older students get to use the app Eat & Move O’Matic which helps teach the concept of Energy In=Energy Out.  Younger students have fruit, vegetable, grain and protein bean bags to sort and catch as they learn about the food groups. Continue reading



8 DIY Mother’s Day Home Decor Craft Ideas

These DIY home decor craft projects are sure to brighten up Mother’s Day this year! Give Mom a personal gift you created that she can use for decorating her home.

DIY Wood Pallet Sign

Use paint sticks and watercolor to create this beautiful wood-stained pallet! Paint words like “Family”, “Love” or “Mom”, then wrap jute around and attach family photos with mini clothespins. Mom’s will love hanging this personal gift! View the tutorial here.

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5 Simple Crayola Craft Activities for Kids

Celebrate holidays like Mother’s Day, Earth Day, and the upcoming Spring & Summer seasons with these 5 simple Crayola® craft ideas! Each activity has a video tutorial and printable instructions for easy crafting.

Cactus Desk Organizer

This adorable cactus organizer allows you to pin messages and store supplies! Create your design using Model Magic air-dry clay – use green for a classic cactus, or have fun blending colors for various styles. Hold the clay in place with toothpicks and foam, then place it inside a small clay pot. You can also use your cactus for a decoration at your desk or home, or give it as a gift!

Materials:

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