5 PE Activities That Are Easy at Home

published on 7th November, 2022

Fun Phys Ed lessons are a crucial part of a child’s school journey.  When planning PE, and delivering it effectively, you are inspiring children into leading healthy, active lives far beyond school.  Whether you are a Class Teacher, a Sports Coach, or a parent, what better way to champion lifelong physical confidence and competence than encouraging your students to participate in sport and PE at home as well as in school.  With this in mind, we have created a list of Phys Ed activities that are ‘easy at home’.

Recent Statistics

We have discovered some shocking statistics that less than one-quarter (24%) of children 6 to 17 years of age participate in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Kindergarten children and First Grade children are most likely to be active (51%), but that drops to 42% across upper elementary children. Physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality accounting for 6% of deaths globally.  People who have a physically active lifestyle have a 20-35% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke compared to those who have a sedentary lifestyle.  Regular physical activity is also associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and colon/breast cancer and with improved mental health.”

PE at Home

As you may know, PE Planning offers hundreds of PE lesson plans to thousands of teachers;  but what you may not know is in our PE Resources section of our website, our PE at home page has resources covering a range of topics from dance to games and gymnastics.  Resources include lesson plans and video demonstrations.  Take a look at some of our favorites below…

1. Boxercise

Learning the techniques and skills needed for boxercise before using these skills in fun games and challenges.

2. Athletics – T Sprints

Set up the shape of a ‘T’ using 4 household objects.

From the starting point, sprint to each object one at a time, jogging backwards to the start each time.

Challenge: How many times can you complete the circuit in 1 minute?

Reminder: Quick feet and quick hands when pushing off.

Competition: Compete against self, or family members, to improve score and overall fitness.

3. Family Fitness

We have a whole section dedicated to family fitness.  With 15 circuit cards, plus warm up and cool downs, this fun PE favorite is a great resource to ‘fit’ into a family routine (excuse the pun!).

4. Paper Javelin Competition

Create a mini-Olympics at home by designing your own Athletics equipment, such as discus and javelins.

5. Throwing Tennis

Our PE at Home resources offer lots of easy to follow ‘PE games’, from high energy activities, to simple (yet crucial) throwing and catching games.

Here’s how to play…

Please check out our PE at home section for lots more ideas, resources and activities.

  • Set up a large area in the house or garden.
  • Use a ball and make out a mini tennis court using household objects such as shoes/socks.
  • Find a family member to play against.
  • The aim is to score points against your opponent by throwing the ball over the net/divide and making it bounce 3 times in their area.
  • To increase the difficulty for the catcher, only allow the ball to bounce twice before scoring a point.