What about homeschool PE?
Homeschoolers have lots of options when it comes to physical education. First, we can remind ourselves that what we do for P.E. doesn’t have to look like what schools do for P.E. We can get our kids moving, learning about fitness, improving their coordination, building strength, and enjoying their physical selves in a variety of ways. Here are some homeschool PE activities from TheHomeSchoolMom contributor Jeanne Faulconer, and below are links to external resources.
Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
Operation FitKids Curriculum
Free activity and nutrition lesson downloads for grades 3-5 and 6-8 from ACE Fitness.
Exercise Library (No Equipment Required)
The ACE Fitness website offers this online exercise library. Geared toward adults, the library has illustrated exercises rated by body part used, equipment needed, and difficulty level. This link goes to exercises requiring no equipment; you may change filters based on equipment you may have at home.
fit by Sanford
Activities to keep kids moving; includes sneaky ways to keep kids moving, making the best of indoor recess, ways to incorporate physical activity, related downloads, videos, lessons, games, and more.
Fuel Up to Play 60: Physical Activity Resources
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a community wellness program by the NFL that offers physical education resources for parents and educators. Resources include video lessons, downloads, games, and more covering healthy eating, physical activity, sustainability, social emotional learning, and more.
Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app has a wide range of workouts, fitness programs, and nutrition tips. You can find beginner to advanced programs for: Yoga, Core and Strength, Home Workouts, Quick Fitness, and All Athletes.
Adventure PE (Y,M)
Lots of free PE videos are available from Seth Rutt, creator of Adventure PE (video-based PE curriculum). Look for the free videos without the lock icon in each grade level. All of the Adventure Workouts in the bottom row are free to view.
Heart Rate Zones
Teach kids how to measure their heart rate and evaluate their exertion level during exercise (from ACE Fitness)
15 Easy and Exciting Indoor Physical Education Ideas
Fun games for indoor PE from The Deliberate Mom blog. Games include: Hot lava, dance party, snowball fight, balance beam, hopscotch, yoga, hula hoops, bean bag toss, egg spoon race, tail tag, tunnel, obstacle course, captain yes captain, parachute games, and Simon says.
Indoor Physical Fitness Trail
Download and print the physical fitness trail signs, post them throughout the house, then have students complete the indoor trail by following the signs and completing the activities (for example, do 20 jumping jacks" or "Do 10 side leg lifts" (from Connections Academy)
Five Indoor PE Activities for Elementary School Students
Five activities to keep kids moving from Education World: Through the hoop, don’t fall in the water, balls galore, cat and mouse, and perimeter.
Print custom sports certificates, sports certificate templates and personalized sports awards. 123 Certificates offers free rewards, recognition award ribbons and certificates to print. Print rewards for players, coaches, assistant coaches, moms, or a player that has worked hard.
Physical Activity Basics
Physical Activity for Everyone from the Center for Disease Control. Includes a resource library, guidelines for measuring physical activity, and more.win awards for staying active - and track your progress along with kids across America.
America's move to raise a healthier generation of kids. Includes ideas for incorporating physical activity into your daily routine.
Physical Activity Tools and Resources
Includes downloadable curricula, lessons, and tool kits for parents and educators. From the National Institutes of Health.
Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Empowering students to be fit for life. The national fitness education and assessment program helping schools achieve excellence in physical education. Includes a resource library for educators and parents, and instructional videos for students.
Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel
Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3 and up; choose the Playlist tab for a large list of yoga playlists.
A free online resource for parents, caregivers, teachers, and kids. It offers free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities, and off-screen home activities; be sure to download the progress chart linked on the landing page.
Xtreme Stix Video Tutorials
Devil stick manipulation is a form of gyroscopic juggling, or equilibristics and is generally considered to be one of the 'circus arts'. The name, "Devil Stick" most likely comes from a confusion of 'diabolo' (to toss across) with 'diablo', or devil. Sometimes called "devil-sticking" other terms often used are: "twirling", "sticking" and "stick juggling".
Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings show people juggling. Juggling develops hand-eye coordination and keeps the kids amused for hours. Give it a try with these resources from Surf Net Kids!
The Ballet Coach YouTube Channel
The Ballet Coach is a YouTube Channel by Sarah Du-Feu that has a large collection of live streamed ballet classes for all ages.
American Ballet Theatre Virtual Classes
On its YouTube Channel, American Ballet Theatre has a collection of virtual ballet classes for toddlers and young children.
Battery Dance TV
“In response to the pandemic and the need for social distancing, Battery Dance TV was launched on March 26, 2020 to provide regularly scheduled online dance programming for all. Over 1,000 original dance classes for adults and kids, short performances, and artist talks can be found [on the site].” Types of dance covered includes ballet, contemporary, jazz fusion, Latin & ballroom, musical theater & improv, and world dance.
Deanne Love YouTube Channel: Hoop Dance Tutorials
Deanne Love is a hula hoop dancer from Australia whose YouTube Channel offers hundreds of hoop dancing tutorial videos from beginner to advanced.
DojoGo! YouTube Channel: Online Kids Martial Arts
DojoGo is YouTube Channel that offers martial arts and karate classes for kids.
Black Belt Samery YouTube Channel: Taekwondo Tutorials
Black Belt Samery is a YouTube Channel by Samery Moras, a Black Belt in Taekwondo. She posts video Taekwondo training tips, workouts, tutorials, and more.
Looking for a fun outdoor activity to get the whole family involved? Try going on a modern-day treasure hunt! Using the free Geocaching app, you search for “cache” containers in nature or around town that contain a logbook and sometimes souvenirs left by other Geocachers. Geocaching can also get more complex, depending on the cache type. There are puzzle caches, multi-caches, earth caches, and more.
The Beginners Step by Step Guide on How to Start Larping
Live Action Role Playing, or LARPing, is a type of role-playing game, similar to table-top games. In it, participants create a character and physically act out their characters’ actions, be it Medieval battle scenes or sword fights (with foam swords). It can be a fun way to get active for role-playing game fans, and you’ll often find groups of all ages at local parks. This beginner’s guide is from My Larp World.