13 Dec Two Unique PE Activity Ideas for Winter
PE curriculum can be tough when the winter months hit, but a few innovative ideas can inject fresh interest in students who might otherwise tire of running laps and shooting baskets until spring. Along with the suggested activities below, consider custom PE uniforms to build team spirit and promote competition among kids suffering from the winter blues.
Consider dividing each class into teams, designated by custom T-shirts in different colors. This creates team spirit and can bring students closer
It doesn’t have to cost extra money to keep students excited about PE. For this exercise, you need:
- Rubber rings
- Felt floor spots
To simulate outdoor skating, and especially if your gym is drafty, encourage kids to wear their PE sweats and hoodies.
During the activity, kids “skate” around the gym. Have the students break into pairs and hold a rubber ring as they skate around cones and other obstacles. The skates can be made out of felt pads, or any material that slides without damaging the floor.
Admittedly, this isn’t as original as the other idea, but most students enjoy indoor hockey and get into the spirit quickly. Here’s what you need:
- Nets or goals
- Hockey sticks
- Hockey pucks (foam versions are recommended
Have each team wear shorts or T-shirts in the same color to differentiate the sides. If you order custom PE uniforms, it might be a good idea to order color-coded shirts after breaking the class into teams at the beginning of the season. If you don’t have nets, you can make them out of milk crates. Soft foam pucks prevent serious injuries.
Custom PE uniforms for the winter allow you to account for lower temperatures and can renew students’ interest in activities. Changing uniforms for the winter underscores changes in curriculum and may even give kids a renewed sense of pride.
YBA Shirts has a variety of uniform styles and items, such as shirts, shorts and sweats, that fit in with new PE activity ideas for winter.
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