Colorful Buckets Activity – Kicking Unit for PE

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By Erik Myer, Elementary PE Teacher

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The other day I was looking for a different type of kicking activity to do with my students.  I decided to take a look at Coach Pirillo’s YouTube channel for inspiration. I came across a game called Colorful Pins. What was unique about this game is that he had his students kicking a deck ring across the floor rather than a ball. I decided I wanted to try this game out with my students. 

Since I didn’t have three foot tall inflatable pins that Ben was using with his classes, I had to modify the activity with the equipment I had on hand. The pins that Ben were using were the six colors of a rainbow. There were also cards of similar color that would be collected if you hit a pin with the deck ring. My idea was to use my rainbow colored buckets. They are much smaller and lighter than the pins. I added 8-10 bean bags to each bucket to weigh them down so they would not move much or get knocked over.

I then went to Coach Pirillo’s website to download the free cards he made available. After downloading the set of cards, I laminated them so they would hold up over time. Continue reading



April Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our April Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of April 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar April 2018

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Featured PE Teacher – Gay Lynn Drooger

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Gay Lynn:

featured pe teacherAbout Gay Lynn:

I teach Pre-K through 4th grade and Adaptive PE at Edgerton Public School in Edgerton, MN. My title is Elementary PE & DAPE Teacher. I teach 175 students and each class has PE every day for 30 min. I have been teaching for 32 years, all in Edgerton.

The photo to the right is of myself and a second grade boy who just learned to skip. Never give up on kids!

PE Focus for 2018:

My focus is to camouflage exercise! I want PE to be so much fun they don’t even know they are exercising! I love finding new ideas on twitter, PE websites, etc… Continue reading



Dodgeball Game Alternatives & Activities

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There are so many alternatives to the traditional game of dodgeball that many enjoy playing. Some are themed and can combine a number of skills to make it more challenging and exciting, while others have multiple ways a team can win. Many skills are practiced during these dodgeball alternative games, including agility, catching, throwing, coordination, teamwork, jumping, running and dodging.

If you’re an after school program or a summer camp, these games are great for integrating movement and exercise into the day. According to Active Schools, only 6 states in the US require physical education in every grade, so you can really make a difference with the children in your program by providing these opportunities to get active. If you are considering introducing one or two of these to your PE Program, games like this can be a nice break from strict skill building drills once in awhile in order to focus on the fun part of physical activity. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Randy Watts

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

physical education Randy WattsAbout Randy:

My name is Randy Watts and I teach Middle School  6th, 7th and 8th graders. This my 25th year of teaching and all have been at Simpson Middle School in Marietta, Georgia. I have had the pleasure of teaching such cooperative students over the years and this has lead to several awards. Most recently I was honored as Simpson Middle School Teacher of the Year along with Cobb County P.E. TOTY twice. I have also received Georgia’s Program of the Year Award and Georgia’s Intramural Director of the Year.

I have also made efforts to create and submit information abut my game idea that is being licensed, which has motivated me to also promote many of my other unique lessons. I have recently been spending my time on the committee that is rewriting and reviewing the state of Georgia’s P.E. standards for grades K-12. Continue reading



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