Ideas with Equipment

Agility ladders Image result for agility ladder clipart
 
2. Agility Ladder Pattern Videos (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team from Black Rock Elementary)
 
3.  High knees - The goal with this activity is to have a high knee lift (ideally to the height of your stomach). Try to lift your knees as fast as possible and remember to pump your arms.
 
4. Double Foot Hops - Start at the first rung of the ladder. Keep both feet together and as you ‘hop’ down the ladder try and use your calf muscles to generate the jumping force. The goal as you hop is to stay on the balls of your feet (toes). Try and land each hop in each rung of the ladder.
 
5.  Star Jumps - Start at the first rung of the ladder. With both feet jump to the sides of the first ladder square as if you were straddling it. The in the next motion bring both feet together in the next rung along the ladder. Continue this motion until you get to the end of the ladder. 
 
6. Skater Shuffle - Starting to the left side of the first rung of the ladder. Work laterally from side to side across each rung of the ladder. You begin by side stepping with your right foot in the first rung followed by your left foot and then your right foot steps out on the other side. You then side step with your left foot into the next rung on the ladder followed by your right foot with your left foot stepping out on the other side. Continue this pattern until you get to the other side. To make this exercise more challenging: Place only one foot on the ground outside of the ladder at any one time.
 
7.  Lateral Jumps - Start at the right side of the first ladder rung with both feet together. With both legs, jump sideways to the left side of the ladder. Jump again to the right side of the ladder. Repeat this movement as you work your way down the ladder.
 
8. Single Leg Zig-Zag Hop - Start at the right side of the ladder. Work laterally across the ladder. It is important that you stay on your toes at all times. As it is a plyometric exercise, the foot work needs to be quick to reduce the amount of time your foot is on the ground.
 
9. Double Foot Skipping - Start behind the first rung of the ladder. With the skipping rope in your hands and your feet together, skip the whole length of the ladder with both feet landing in each rung of the ladder. Each skip will equate to both feet landing in each rung of the ladder only once.
 
Balance Beams Image result for balance beam clipart
1. Triangle Tag - Use the pieces of your balance beam to play triangle tag. 4 students get in a group, 3 form a circle and the 4th one is it. The student that is it choosing a student to try and tag with the piece of the balance beam. The other students run in a circle while holding hands trying to help the person not get tagged. The student that is it cannot reach through the circle to tag them. Once they get tagged they switch places.
 
2. Balance -  Have students stand on a line with arms out to the side, stand on one foot, bend to the side with arms overhead, and stand with their eyes closed.
 
3. Jumping - Stand steady on both feet with weight equally distributed and feet about shoulder width apart. Bend knees, swing arms behind, and jump, landing on both feet in the same balanced stance as the start. Practice jumping and landing in the same place, jumping forward, jumping high, and from two legs to landing on one.
 
Gator Skin Balls Image result for gator skin balls clipart
1. Gator Skin Ball Squats and Lunges - Students take a gator skin ball and perform a squat pushing the ball over their head during the reps.  Another variation is to hold ball between their legs and perform a squat. Also, have students squat down and pick up the ball then squat down and put it back.  How many transfers can they make in 30 secs.  You can also use the gator skin ball to perform lunges while pushing the ball above head while doing walking lunges. 
 
2. Tap Ball - Equipment -  12-14 Gator Skin Balls (depending on the size of your class) 1 ball per 2 people.   Students tap the ball with their hand at other people’s feet.  If someone gets hit by a ball ( knee and below ) they go outside of the boundaries and perform an exercise before coming back into the game.   This is a continuous game, stop activity and change up the exercise every few minutes.
 

3. Ball Pass - This is a mini group juggle. Start with one ball and have student pass the ball from person to person. Practice this several times, passing the ball to the same person each time. Once students have the rotation down ~ add another ball. Add a third ball when you think they are ready.

4. Bowling- set up two cones and see if students can roll the ball in between the cones.

5. Juggling- can the student juggle 2 in one hand or three in both hands?  See if student can juggle from one knee to the other.  Hw many times can they do it in 30 secs.?

6. Exercise toss- have students pass the balls to each other.  When the music stops have the students do an exercise if they are holding a ball.  You can assign different activities/ color or just have all do the same exercise.

 

7. Toss and Catch- Toss and catch to self, bounce off the wall and catch, toss and catch to a partner.

 

8. Side Plank Balance - have student hold ball in hand with flat palm.  See how long they can balance with holding a side plank.

 


Knobby Balls Knobby Ball with Pump 10in

1. Knobby Ball Chops - A great activity to do during a circuit or at a station.   Students take ball overhead on right side and bring ball to the left of body and touch the ball the ground.  Do this for 10 reps and switch sides. 
 
2. Hot Potato Tag - Equipment: 1 ball per 2 students, 4 cones and a whistle.  Mark off boundaries for this tag game with the 4 cones. Students toss a ball to a partner, when the whistle blows, the student holding the ball has to tag their partner with it; when the whistle blows twice, they begin throwing again.

 

3. Ball Push- In the plank position have student do a pushup with the ball in between the hands then roll the ball toward the right hand. Perform another pushup and then roll the ball toward the left hand.  Keep going for 30 seconds.  See how many times they roll ball side to side in 30 seconds.

 

4. Between Knees- Hold the ball between knees and see if student can walk, jump or catch another ball while keeping it between knees.

 

5. Keep it UpTeam - Divide class in two teams.  Each team gets a nubby ball.  See which team can keep the ball in the air the longest.

 

6. Wall Ball - Have students hold one ball with both hands then do a full squat  and toss ball to top of wall (12 inches below ceiling) as they stand up out of the squat.  Can do the same thing in place without a wall.  Try and toss ball close to the ceiling without touching it.

 

7. Got Skills? - See if students can get ball on top of foot by rolling backwards under foot and catching on top of foot.

 

8. Dribble - Set up cones and see if students can dribble ball around the cones. (with feet or hand)

 

9. Sit- Down / Stand Up - See if students can sit down and stand up while holding the ball on a flat palm without it falling off.  See how many time they can do it in 30 seconds.

 

10. Jump Up - See if they can put the ball between the feet and jump it up to the hands.

 

11. Jump Up To Partner - See if they can put the ball between the feet and jump it to a partner.  See if the partner can catch it and then jump it back to partner.  How many times can they do it in 30 seconds.

 
Hot Spots HotSpots Yoga Spots, Set of 12
1. Hot Spot Fun -  Place Hot Spots (i.e. Cardio Training, Core Training, Muscle Groups, Yoga) all around the classroom on the floor. Students find a spot and do the activity pictured on the spot. Play music while students are exercising. stop the music to signal that it’s time to move to the next spot. 
 
2. Pit Stop Running  - Place hot spots around the perimeter of a basketball court area ( have 1 spot for 2 students).  Assign 2-3 students to a spot.  1 student runs a lap around the basketball court while the other partners perform the exercise or yoga pose that is on the spot until their partner returns.  Students switch roles after their partner has ran 1 lap.  After a minute or 2 have students rotate to the next Hot Spot going clockwise or counter wise.  
 
1. Volleyball - Students get in small groups of 3-5. Students try to keep a beach ball (or balloon for younger students) in the air, hitting the balloon as many times as possible without letting it touch the ground.
 
2. Catch and Do -  Write a different movement activity with a marker on each color of the beach ball. Then have the children start to play toss. As they catch the ball, they check what color their hand lands on, and do that action. The funny part: They have to keep doing that action until they catch the ball again. 
 
3. Beach Ball Pass - Have each team stand in a front to back line. When you say “go,” have the first person pass the ball over their head to the person behind them.  The second person take the ball from the first and passes it between their legs to the person behind them.  The first team to get the ball from the front of the line to the back wins.  You can also have the teams return the ball to the front of the line following the same method for added challenge.
 
4. Beach Ball Pass 2 - Have each team stand in a front to back line. When you say “go,” have the first person pass the ball over their head to the person behind them.  The second person take the ball from the first and passes it between their legs to the person behind them.  The first team to get the ball from the front of the line to the back wins.  You can also have the teams return the ball to the front of the line following the same method for added challenge.
 
 
6. Classroom Dodgeball Video    (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team from Black Rock Elementary)
 
Scarves Lakeshore Activity Scarves
1. Toss Scarf to Yourself – They can try and toss it up and down to work on catching skills. Start with 1 build up to 2, then 3.  For two scarves - Toss right scarf across body to the left -then left scarf across body to the right having a toss- toss- claw- claw pattern.  Catching the scarves right after one another:) 
 
2. Scarf Tag – each child have a scarf tucked down the back of their pants pair the children off and they must try and get the scarf from the other child’s pants. Throw the scarf up into the air and the child must try and catch on different body parts. 
 
3. Magic scarf – get the children to move to a scarf after dancing or moving around to music when it stops. At this point magic scarves make the children freeze in different positions on different coloured scarfs. Eg Green Scarf – Like a lion, Blue Scarf – Like a giraffe 
 
4. Random scarf catching in locomotion – In pairs, ask one child to move away from the other and randomly throw the scarf in any direction. The second child has to catch it before it hits the ground and then takes off to do the same. Suggest to the children that they throw it high, low, to the side or behind or in front. 

5. Juggling with Two Scarves-

 
6. Juggling with Three Scarves-
 
7. Blast Offs Video  (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team from Black Rock)
 
Scarves and Bean Bags
1. Throw a scarf with a bean bag in the middle of it up into the air try and catch both the scarf and bean bag as the will fall at different rates
 
1. Toss Bean Bag to Yourself – They can try and toss it up and down to work on catching skills. Start with 1 catch build up to 2, then 3.  Try catching with one hand to the other, with one hand only, toss and clap), Toss to a partner (both hands, one hand toss w/ two hand catch, one hand toss with one hand catch).
 
2. Bean Bag Catch – Give one child a cup or a little pot like the one pictured above. Let the other child toss it. They need to work together as a team to try and catch as many as they can.
Increase the challenge by introducing a hand-clap between tossing and catching. (ie toss, clap, catch), or a one-handed catch for older kids.
 
3. Bean Bag Relays – Have them balance the bean bag on a body part and race to the finish. Yes, it’s OK that only one of them can win. They can balance on their head, arm, back, back of their hand or shoulder.
 
4. Bean Bag Balance – This is a test to see who can balance on a body part the longest (chest, head, arm, food, cheek, back of hand or face).
Increase the challenge by asking your kids to keep the bean bag on their heads while: doing a heel-toe walk, walking around obstacles, lowering the body to touch an object on the ground!
 
5. Bean Bag Basketball – This is a toss game where they take turns trying to get the bean bag in the bucket. You can vary the position starting point based on the child’s age to make it fair.
 
6. Bean Bag Music Freeze – Play music. Let them dance or throw the bean bags while the music is going. When the music stops, they need to freeze.
 
7. Crossing the midline - Have your child sit on the floor cross-legged, or kneeling and throw a bean bag across the midline to a target.
 
8. Bean Bag Hockey Video  (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team from Black Rock)

9. Sit Up Facts with Bean Bags Video (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team from Black Rock)
 
10. Bean Bag Balance Video  (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team from Black Rock)

11. Bean Bag Balance Tag Video  (Thanks Jill Fadenrecht and Team From Black Rock)

 

Bean Bag Ideas for different Grade Levels:

K-2nd Grade
Balancing - Have students balance the beanbags on different body parts.  See if they can balance and move at the same time w/o dropping beanbag.

Line boogie - One beanbag for 4 people.  Have them line up and see if they can pass overhead to end and end person moves to front.  Can do the same thing with passing under legs or over/ under alternating.

3rd-5th Grade

Feet Pass- Put a beanbag on the ground between students feet and see if they can jump it up and catch it or jump it to a partner and see if they can catch it.  See how many passes they can make in 30 seconds.

Toss and Back Catch- Students toss the beanbag in the air and then try and catch it with their back.

 

6th- 8th Grade

 

Side plank catch- Have students get into a side plank position and see if they can toss and catch beanbag to a partner while remaining in a side plank, then have them switch sides.  See how many passes they cane make in 30 seconds.

 

Sit up toss- Have student sit up and toss to a partner.  See how many passes they can make in 30 seconds.

 
 
Beanbags and Hula Hoops  
1. Group students into groups of 5. Give each student a hula hoop and a bean bag. Have the students set the hula hoops up in a pattern. Have students take turns tossing the bean bag into a hula hoo Equipmentp. Give students instructions for how to get to their bean bag (hop on left foot, hop on right foot, hop like a frog, etc)

 
 
Hula Hoops Image result for hula hoop clip art
1. Jumps - Give two students a hula hoop, have them set it on the ground, give them instructions for how you want them to move (hop on one foot in and out of the hula hoop 10 times, hop on both feet in and out 10 times, hop feet together in the hula hoop and feet apart outside the hula hoop 10 times, etc.) 
 
2. Arm Movement - Stand inside and do some arm movements and have students follow (arms up, touch knees, hand on hips, etc.....to check to make sure kids are following directions).
 
3. Patterns - Jump In, Jump Out, Jump In, Jump Out (you can talk about AB patterns, AABB patterns, etc.  (AABB jumping pattern = Jump IN-IN, OUT-OUT, IN-IN, OUT-OUT, etc)
*Alternate Option - allow students 1-2 minutes to make up their own pattern for jumping.
 
4.. Roll Hoops - Stand hoop up and push it so it rolls. You can have them start on one sideline and see if they can get it to the other side or opposite wall.  Who can get their hoops to touch the opposite wall?  Reverse Roll - Stand hoop up and hold with one hand.  Pull your hand down toward the floor and hoop will roll backwards.  After learning that, kids can try throwing it lightly in front of them with a reverse spin on it and it rolls backwards.
 
5. Spin Around Body - Practice spinning hoops around waist, ankle, neck, etc. 
 
6.  Jump Rope - Use the hoop like a jump rope.  Hold it in front of you with two hands.  Step through it with both feet and turn it over your head.  
 
7. Cooperative Musical Hoops - (from “Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children” by Robert Pangrazi). Hoops are placed on the floor.  When music is playing, students perform a given locomotor movement (jog, walk, skip, hop, gallop, etc).  When music stops, students find the nearest hoop and sit inside of it.  Teacher may remove hoops and encourage students to share hoops.  Keep playing and removing hoops to see how  many students can share (option is to stand with one or two feet inside to fit more people).  
 
8. Hula Hoop Circle - (from “Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children” by Robert Pangrazi). 4-6 students join hands, forming a circle, with one hoop dangling on one pair of joined hands.  They are to move the hoops around the circle by moving their bodies so the hoop goes through everyone in the circle (without letting go of hands).  See how fast you can get it to the starting point.  
 
9. Airplanes - Students sit or kneel inside their hula hoop.  Tell them they are going to pretend to be riding in an airplane (or they can be the pilots).  They can think of a place they want to fly to.  Show them how to TAKE OFF (slowly stand up and accelerate), FLY (lift hula hoops above their heads and jog around, and LAND (decelerate and return to kneeling position inside of hoops).  Use music to cue taking off and landing.   Students  may fly in free space, or around cones in the same directions, depending on how much space you have to use.  With a smaller gym, kids should be flying in the same direction to avoid crashing into other planes.
 
10. Cars - Students PARK their cars by sitting inside of hoops.  Teacher uses STOP, GO, and SLOW signs to signal “cars”.  If the teacher holds up yellow, students pick up their hoops and walk with it around their waist, making car noises.  Green sign - GO (RUN), Red Stop Sign = cars stop.  Give opportunities for cars to fill their gas tanks, or travel to different destinations (“let’s go to Grandma’s house, or the grocery store, etc.”).