Ideas for Primary School Physical Education Games

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Ideas for Primary School Physical Education Games
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It is vital for young children to not only strengthen their minds in school, but also their bodies. It is important to ensure that children maintain daily physical activity to strengthen endurance and teach motor skills. Many games promote physical education and can be played in primary school settings. When choosing games, it is important to find a game that is easy to administer and is safe for the children.

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Team Tag

Team tag is a good game to play if you have a large open space to play in. One child is selected to be "it" and begins the game by tagging the other children. As children are tagged, they join the tagging team and must join hands with another member of the tagging team and continue the process of tagging the remaining children. The game is over when the last child is tagged.

Freeze Tag

Freeze tag is a good game to help children learn control, balance and team work. One or two children are selected to be it and begin tagging the other children. As children are tagged, they are required to hold the pose they are in when they are tagged. The children can be unfrozen by their teammates. The game is over when all children are frozen except for the tagger/taggers.

Throwing Games

Throwing games are an effective way to exercise children's hand-eye coordination and motor skills. The coordinator can prepare the game by painting a target on a sheet and hanging it up in a safe location. The children can take turns throwing balls or beanbags at the target and gaining points for hitting target areas. It is a good idea to attach bells to the target areas so they ring when a child hits the target area.

Hot Potato

Hot potato is another game that children can play to help them with hand-eye coordination, as well as with time-space awareness. The game can be played with a beanbag and a short music clip that is controlled by the teacher. Many teacher stores also sell battery-operated "hot potatoes" that can be used to play the game. Children sit in a large circle. While the music is played, the children pass the potato around in a circle. Whoever is holding the potato when the music stops loses the round. The game continues until there is one player left.

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