Does your state require PE as a part of your homeschool curriculum? Going outside to play is a fabulous way to meet your state requirements, and to teach your kids healthy habits while having fun. You don’t need an organized program or structured activities- you just need to get your kids moving, and have a little fun while you’re at it!
We’ve been so lucky to have moved to our neighborhood here in Mississippi. For the first time ever, the kids have a wide open street to play on, with very little traffic, and tons and tons of homeschooled kids. We have at least four homeschooled families on our block, and every afternoon, we tote the kids outside so they have a chance to play together, get some fresh air, and get some exercise.
Here are some of our favorite Homeschool PE ideas:
- Ride bikes! Bike riding is so good for balance, core strength and cardio. Plus, kids love it!
- Set up a relay race. If you have more than one child, setting up a relay race is a good way to teach teamwork and sportsmanship.
- Build an obstacle course. Have the kids brainstorm obstacles and set up a course in the neighborhood. Take turns running it, and see who can run it the fastest!
- Play Hula Hoop Games. Hula Hoops are so versatile- you can play jump rope with them, use them as a bean bag toss, or have hula contests.
- Play in the sprinklers. If it’s warm enough where you live, you can bring out the sprinklers for the kids to run through as a special treat after school.
- Set up a toss-across game- Get some sidewalk chalk and beanbags- you can draw a tick tack toe board on the ground, and toss the bags into the squares to play.
- Play hopscotch. Draw a hopscotch grid on the sidewalk and take turns playing.
- Play Red-Light Green-Light. Gather the neighborhood kids together and play red-light green-light together. Take turns calling out commands and see who wins the race!
- Have the kids make up a game. My kids are often much more energetic than I am, and much more creative too.
- Play hide and go seek. Set limits on how far the kids can go, and play hide and go seek in your neighborhood. We live on a little loop that has open green space behind the houses, so the kids are allowed to hide anywhere within the loop.
- Walk the dog. This one kills two birds with one stone by getting your pet and your child exercise. Bug has been walking our puppy three times a day, once before the school day starts, once at lunch time, and once after the school day is finished.
- Go sledding or play in the snow! We won’t have snow this year in the South, but if you are lucky enough to get snow at your house, call your school day over early (or start late) and send the kids outside to play! They won’t even know they are exercising.
- Play freeze tag. Freeze tag is one of my favorite childhood games- any time we can gather enough neighborhood kids to get a game going, we play!
This short list is just a few of the options to get your kids outside and playing. It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you get outdoors. Pack up some snacks (we like to bring our CLIF Kid Zbars®- they are made with organic ingredients and are non-GMO, so I can feel good about the kids snacking while we have fun) and head outside with the kids and PLAY!
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