Don’t Forget PE

Don't Forget PE: Incorporating Physical Education Into Your Daily Routine with fun, easy, and inexpensive homeschool ideas for ways to PLAY

Incorporating PE into Your Daily Routine

When school is underway, I for one can attest that my schedule is full. Some days, it’s a wonder we get everything done! With all the basics we have to cover, especially when teaching multiple ages, fitting in time to be active often falls by the wayside. However, kids (and moms) are not only healthier and happier when they get some exercise, they are also better able to focus and think clearly after they’ve expended some energy.

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Simply incorporating time to play, no matter what your kids’ ages, will prove to be valuable to everyone. So when you’re planning your days, don’t forget PE!

Here are some fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to P.L.A.Y.

Pencil it in—As I mentioned above, plan for playtime by blocking out a little bit of time each day for active fun. Even if your climate or the time of year makes going outside a challenge, there are many activities you can do indoors. You can devote as much or as little time as you have, but the key is to make PE a priority and not an afterthought.

Laughter—Keep things fun and light, so being active doesn’t feel like a chore. Silly games include a spray bottle water fight, bopping balloons (or a blown up plastic grocery bag) without letting them touch the floor, follow the leader, or a relay race carrying cups of popcorn or water to fill up a bowl.

Active learning—Yes, you can incorporate other subjects into PE time if you must. Not only can you learn the history behind different sports or the cultural origins of certain games, but you can also do things like an ABC scavenger hunt to find items for each letter of the alphabet, math hopscotch, going for a walk or run with a book on tape, or spelling-word HORSE on the basketball court. How about a nature hike?

Yard games—If organized sports or even traveling to the park isn’t an option, there are many games you can play in your own backyard with little or no special equipment. Some of them might even remind you of childhood days when we stayed outside until dark and no media was calling us inside: Chinese jump rope, kick the can, or bean bag target toss. Get creative and translate board games to a larger scale like Frisbee-toss tic tac toe.

Don't Forget PE: Incorporating Physical Education Into Your Daily Routine with fun, easy, and inexpensive homeschool ideas for ways to PLAY

Remember to have fun and enjoy spending time with your kids as you PLAY together and get active!

This article also appeared in Home Educating Family Magazine 2014, Issue 5.

What are some fun, easy, and inexpensive ways you and your kids get exercise?

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Comments (11)

  1. Cee Lee Reed

    It’s been so hot that even thinking of exercise has been frowning but I know that it’s necessary. I just feel better once it’s over. I think it would be a fun game to have (outside) of a relay to fill up cold water buckets. The winning team can pour the bucket over their heads. Super wet and helps the kids and MoM cool off.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      That sounds like fun–it feels like it’s a thousand degrees here, so anything involving water would be a relief!

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  2. Crystal

    Great ideas, and I love the ones that combine subjects to mix things up a bit.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks, Crystal!

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  3. Michelle Marine

    My kids have been exercising at the pool this summer. 🙂 Great post, Anne.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thank you, Michelle!

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  4. Andrea

    These are great tips! I am always looking for ways to keep my kids active, so I am excited to try these!

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thank so much, Andrea!

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    2. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I hope you find something fun!

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  5. L. E. Mastilock

    My son has been into computers more and more, so getting outside and finding fun things to get him active requires more planning on my part than it used to. Thanks for the fun tips for homeschool PE

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      The older mine get, the more time they spend with the computer or some other electronic device. I try to get them out as much as possible.

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