What’s Up PhysEd Friends!
So, let’s be honest, you (and your students) are probably counting down the days to Christmas Break – am I right?
Expect your students to be off the walls as they await all the joys that 2 weeks out of school and the promise of brand new toys can bring. Don’t forget to take it easy on your students over the next few weeks as they are under a lot of stress lately due to being monitored constantly by the Elf on the Shelf, who has a direct line to Santa.
Below you will find some ideas for some Christmas Themed PE Dances, Games and Activities for your classes in the next few weeks.
If you don’t want to lead a dance, this is a great little Just Dance video you can throw up on a projector or TV and follow along with your students – the moves will pop up in the bottom right hand corner to give you a heads up before you have to perform them each time.
If you’d rather teach your students a line dance – below are 2 different versions of the song Jingle Bells
The next one is another fun 4 wall line dance to the Crazy Frog Version of the song Jingle Bells.
Bonus if you have bells to give your students to shake while doing the dance!
For more awesome dances check out this slide presentation that was recently shared by another PE All-Star Lynn Burrows – It has a bunch of Christmas Dances – a different dance for each slide. A great resource to share with your faculty.
Holiday Themed Station Activities are always fun as well, and a big hit with my younger students especially – here are some stations that I’ve found to be fun (here are a few examples of setup):
- Ice climb on the Rock Wall
- Snowmobile Racing (Scooters)
- Santa’s Bag Toss – Throwing to a equipment sack
- Snowball Target Practice (throw balls at any target, especially pins with a Grinch face on them)
- Hockey Shootout (practice shooting with hockey sticks)
- Snow Shoe Exploring (use cup stilts or buddy walkers)
- Snow Castle Building (cup stacks, noodle slice towers, hula huts)
- Wreath Toss (hula hoop or ring toss)
- S-A-N-T-A Basketball (Same as HORSE, but spell SANTA)
- Gingerbread Houses – Build Hula Huts
- Just Dance (Crazy Santa video from above)
- Chimney Climb – Rope Climbing
- Test the Toys – play with any random equipment
You can get my printable station signs at my TPT store HERE if you’re interested.
Monster Ball (AKA: The Abominable Snowball)
This is a fun game that we sometimes play during our throwing unit, we also play it around Christmas with 2nd – 5th graders as a fun way to review Throwing Skills. Check out the video above for an example or download the free lesson plan and get more details HERE.
This is a great game by another PE All-Star, Joey Feith. You might have played a similar game where students travel in a line of hula hoops (or a train) and pickup or drop off cargo. This is a great way to put a Christmas theme on a tried and true concept that will inspire teamwork and cooperation with your students. Check out the video below for an overview of the game.
So to Recap Elf Express:
- Level 1 – Move the Sled
- Level 2 – Collect the Toys
- Level 3 – Deliver the Toys
I usually play levels 1 & 2 with my 2nd and 3rd graders and try to get through levels 1 – 3 with my 4th and 5th grades. I also make a few tweaks – like using laundry baskets as the chimneys to deliver the toys and hanging them on the basketball nets and rock wall in my gym to make it a little bit more challenging for the older students.
That’s a wrap!
I hope you can use some of these ideas. If you can’t fit them in before Christmas, you could always just play them in January and re-brand them by calling them something different.
I hope you enjoy the Chaos of this pre-holiday teaching season and have an AMAZING holiday break with your friends and family.
If you have some more awesome games/activities – share one in the comments or hit us up on social media @thePEspecialist
Have Fun and Teach On!