PE Games: Rock, Paper, Scissors Showdown

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PE Games: Rock, Paper, Scissors Showdown

Materials:
  1. Poly dots (optional)
  2. Some type of squishy balls where students can easily throw them, but students will not get hurt if they are hit.
 
Instructions:
  1. Have students grab a partner and place the ball in between them
  2. Have students play rock, paper, scissors.
  3. Whoever wins will grab the ball.  At the same time the losing partner will turn and run in a STRAIGHT LINE(safety reasons) back to the wall.
  4. The student with the ball is trying to either roll or throw the ball at their partner to hit them before they reach the wall.  The partner who is running is trying to get to the wall without getting hit. This may sound confusing, but I promise it’s not or just watch the video for an example 😀
  5. If the student with the ball can hit their partner they get a point. If the thrower misses or the partner reaches the wall then the student running gets a point.  
  6. Have students run the ball back and continue to play until they reach a designated score or you can choose to not keep score.  

 
Safety Concerns:
  1. Stress the importance of running in a straight line to avoid collisions and accidents
  2. It’s helpful it you have students run the ball back instead of throwing it especially with elementary.
 
Additional ways to play:
  1. You can add where whoever wins must do a designated exercise before grabbing the ball for example 4 jumping jacking the they are allowed to grab the ball and throw.  This is a good addition especially if you are having students throw overhand.  
 

PE Games: Tower Take Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PE Games: Tower Take Down

Materials

  1. Dodgeballs 
  2. 10 cones (can vary)
  3. Small balls that will stay on top on the cones (tennis balls, whiffle balls, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Divide the students into two teams.  
  2. Place an equal number of towers on each (cone with ball on top)
  3. Students must stay on their side at all times
  4. When the instructor says “go” students will begin throwing the balls to try and destroy the other team’s towers.  A tower is considered “destroyed” when the ball on top of the cone falls off.  
  5. Students can also play defense and guard their towers by standing in front of them and catch the balls as they are being thrown 
  6. This is a continuous game and I usually play rounds lasting 3-4 minutes before adding different elements to the game.

Additional ways to play:

  1. If a student catches a ball, they have the ability to rebuild a tower by setting the tennis ball back on the cone.  
  2. Move the towers at varying distances so some are closer while others are further back.
  3. Play a championship round where students cannot rebuild their towers if they’re destroyed.  Recommended for grades 3-5 only. 

PE Games: Fill The Cookie Jar

The perfect overhand throwing game your students will love!

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*PE Games: Fill The Cookie Jar

Materials

  1. Some type of soft ball (squishy dodge balls work great or fleece balls)
  2. Gymnastic mats that you can stand up on their side
  3. Cones to divide the gym, but not necessary

Instructions

1. Divide the students into two teams.  

2.  You can set up cones to divide the gym in half

3. Set up the gymnastic mats so they make a big fortress which will represent the cookie jar. 

3. Before the round starts, pick a handful of students to be inside the jar and they will be in charge of throwing any cookies out that land inside.  

4. One team will start as the cookie throwers and must stay behind the coned area

5. The other team will be the cookie jar defenders and will try to catch or block the cookies from landing in the jar.

6. This is a continuous game and I like to play fast rounds so everyone gets a turn to be inside the cookie jar as this is a popular job everyone will want! 😀 

Additional ways to play:

You can add a point value to the game where each cookie that lands in the jar is worth 5 points and for the defenders each cookie caught or thrown back is worth 5 points as well. 

Suggestions:

I always try to build a big cookie jar so 5-10 students can be in it at a time.  For second grade, I usually build it away from the wall to make it more challenging when trying to throw. 

PE Games: Aliens vs. Astronauts

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*PE Games Aliens vs Astronauts

Materials:

  1. Some type of soft ball (squishy dodge balls work great)
  2. Bowling pins 
  3. Cones to divide the gym, but not necessary 

Instructions

  1. Divide the students into two teams.  One side will be the Astronauts the other side will be the Aliens! 
  2. Set up the bowling pins on one side of the gym and these will represent the planets.  
  3. The Astronauts are the defenders of the Universe and they will be trying to protect the planets and stop any missiles (dodge balls) from destroying the planets.  If a planet does get destroyed or knocked over they have the ability to set it back up again.  
  4. Astronauts are also in charge of throwing the balls back into the Universe (to the other side)
  5. The Aliens must stay on their half of the gym, but are trying to destroy as many planets as they can before the time is up.  
  6. Play for several minutes before ending the round and switching roles.  




Additional ways to play:

  1. Can add a point value to the game: for each planet you destroy you score 5 points.  Every ball an Astronaut catches and throws back to the other side is worth 1 points etc.  
  2. Can adapt the game to utilize overhand throwing, rolling, or kicking.  
  3. Can play so astronauts can’t set back on the pins if they get knocked over 

PE Games Hungry Hungry Monsters

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PE GAMES: Hungry Hungry Monsters

Materials:

  1. Hula Hoops
  2. Some type of balls students can throw and catch that are age appropriate.  These will be the pizzas! 

Instructions:

  1. Divide students into two teams and have them separated by some type of line in the middle.
  2. Place hula hoops on each side and this will be the monsters house.
  3. Choose several students to be the monsters and they will stand in the hula hoop (their home)
  4. When the game starts students will grab as many “pizzas” which are the ball and toss them to the monsters located on the opposite side.
  5. Students can only grab pizzas from their side.
  6. The monsters will be trying to catch/eat as many pizzas as they can before the round is over.
  7. The other students will keep track of how many pizzas they can successfully deliver to the monsters. 
  8. After 3 minutes or so, switch monsters so hopefully everyone can have a turn and add new elements to the game.  




Safety Concerns:

  1. Have students try to get the attention of the monster they are throwing to before throwing it; otherwise, you might have monsters getting hit by a lot of balls

Additional ways to play:

1. You can add the element where students can guard the houses and try to stop the pizzas from reaching the monsters

2. You can set the monster houses at different distances.  Closer it is=fewer points. Further away it is=more points.

3. Can choose to incorporate underhand throwing as well.