Wow, these are interesting times to be sure! Coronavirus Memes are going wild, the NBA is cancelled and schools are closing all over the world and transitioning to E-Learning while students are stuck at home in quarantine. With kids missing that recess and PE time I wanted to make sure you have some resources to keep your students (and yourself) active and healthy. One of the most important things you can do for you and your families mental health and physical health during this time is make sure you stay active and get at least the CDC recommended 60 minutes of activity each day. Check out the video below or scroll down to the links to see my favorite ideas and resources for getting active at home.
Links and resources mentioned in the video below:
NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED ACTIVITIES
If you don’t have internet you can print off or take a screenshot of some of the one page workouts at Darebee.com, they are all free and they have workouts that focus on pretty much every part of the body as well as full body workouts, so pick one that meets your interests and goals (check out the filter option to choose specific parts of the body or aspects of fitness to focus on):
Awesome online resources:
Sworkit: Free Customizable Follow Along Kids Workouts
- Sign up for Sworkit and use them for follow along workouts for kids
- They have a free kids workouts for anyone to use after signing up and they are even customizable and have student examples for all of the follow along workouts, just click on the “Kids Workouts” section after logging in
- This is awesome because since it’s customizable you can delete activities that are too hard and replace them with easier versions – or if it’s too easy, you can replace them with more challenging activities and exercises…
Follow Along Workout Channels on Youtube
- Great for Kids Workouts is Glenn Higgins Fitness
- Good for older kids or Adults Fitnessblenders Youtube Channel
- “PE With Joe” – Daily follow along at home workouts
- Workouts with Coach Foy – Follow Along At Home Workouts
Follow Along Dances:
- Pick your favorite Just Dance Video on Youtube and bust a move – Or Download the Just Dance App and have a virtual dance competition with your friends
- Have students complete GoNoodle Follow Along Dances
- The site below offers a huge library of follow along videos teaching dance moves and health concepts to kids:
- Born To Move: This site has a variety of Follow Along Dance and Activity Videos for kids
Practice or learn a popular Line Dance
PE ACTIVITIES WITH LIMITED EQUIPMENT
If you have any of the equipment below (frisbee, ball, jump rope, balloon etc), you can practice reviewing or working on any of the skills that we’ve learned in PE class this year.
- Jump Rope: If you have a jump rope, you can review some of the Single Jump Rope Tricks we learned in PE, or if you have a sibling or family member you could even try out some of the Partner Tricks we learned
- K-2nd: If your learning to jumprope for the first time – Check out this video for some helpful tips
- Throwing and Catching: If you have space in your yard and it’s safe to go outside, try to practice throwing and catching with a family member with a ball or a frisbee
- Striking a Balloon (awesome activity for K-2nd Grade)
- Blow up a balloon and practice striking it with different items in your house (or different body parts)
- What is the hardest item or body part to control the balloon with? What’s your record for the most number of hits without moving your feet?
- Here’s an example of this balloon striking activity
- Basketball: If you have a basketball or playground ball, practice some of the ball handling drills and challenges that we worked on in PE over the last few weeks
- 4 Square
- If you have a playground ball and a garage or driveway you can play a game of 2 Square with a family member, draw a court with some chalk and check out this post if you don’t have the rules to play the game https://www.thepespecialist.com/foursquare/
- Cup Stacking
- If you have some Speed Stack Cups, check out the Speed Stack Website for some fun “Stack at Home Challenges and Activities"
Inspirational Character and Confidence Building Video Series:
- Check out the website below for a great set of inspirational videos for students to watch and have some conversations about perseverance through hard times, believing in yourself and making an impact in the world. I think this series offers a great perspective for students.