An idea I developed to encourage family fitness was to provide an opportunity for students to take PE equipment home and create activities to play with their families. I purchased five large plastic tubs, one for each grade level, K-4. I selected equipment where I had at least 5 items that I would not miss for class or did not use as often.
These Take PE Home Tubs can be segmented by grade levels K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Anyone could incorporate into their PE class and I hope this inspires other PE teachers to create their own.
Items in “Take PE Home” Tub:
- Storage Container
- Soccer ball
- Playground ball
- Tennis ball
- Speed stacks
- Jump ropes
- Foam paddle
I use an app to randomly select a student from each grade level who takes the tub home on Friday and returns in on following Thursday. If at the time their name is chosen they have positive ClassDojo points, I contact their parents prior to telling the student to be sure it would be a good week for the “Take PE Home” tub.
I also included a spiral notebook for the students to journal about their experience with the equipment. I have enjoyed reading the students’ entries and viewing the pictures they drew telling about their family fun using the Take PE Home tubs. The tubs have been a big hit and have created a positive buzz around our campus. One of my students even nicknamed the tub the “Bucket of Fun”.
The feedback from students and parents has been positive. As PE teachers, we not only strive to keep our students active in class, but to help students develop the desire for an active lifestyle at home. I will continue looking for new ways to encourage family fitness and believe that the Family Fitness Fun Nights and Take PE Home tubs are just a start in encouraging students and families to put down the remotes and game controllers and get up, get out, and get active.
About the Author:
Jason Leach is a Hardin-Simmons Graduate. This is his 24th year of teaching physical education. He is currently teaching at Independence Elementary in Keller ISD. Jason loves to learn new creative ways to present engaging lessons to his students. He gets many of these ideas from other PE teachers on Twitter, PE Voxer chats groups, and YouTube channels. Twitter: @jkleach01