Category: Gr 4

British Bulldog

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: None
Game Description: The dog catcher calls out ‘British Bulldog’ from the middle, and the bulldogs attempt to run from one end to the other without getting caught. When caught, the players become taggers as the rounds continue, making it harder for the remaining bulldogs to get from end to end. This is one of the most common tag games out there, a must play!

Leap-frog Tag

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: None
Game Description: When a player is tagged in this game, he crouches down into a lump and is stuck there until a player who isn’t tagged can leap-frog over him. Simple idea, yet very effective. A good next step in the progression of leap-frogging!

4-Corner Dodgeball

Grade level: 2-8
Equipment: Dodgeballs, pylons
Game Description: 4-corner dodgeball starts with 4 teams in their corners. When players are hit, they join the team that hit them. If one team is left with no players, the space opens up for another team. Lots of action, dodging, throwing, rolling, and fun. Read More →

4-Goal Soccer

Grade level: 2-8
Equipment: Soccer balls, 4 goals
Game Description: 4 Goal Soccer is another popular soccer PE game, especially with larger groups. 4 nets are set-up on each side. 4 teams go at it with whatever soccer rules the teacher wants to implement. Teams can score in any net except their own – that’s obvious. Definitely worth taking a look at; lots of movement, exercise, and skill development potential in this game.

Here Come The Bears

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: None
Game Description: Here Come The Bears is a chasing and fleeing tag game where the bears try to run to the opposite side without getting tagged by the catchers. The trick is that the catchers can only run left and right along lines in the gym. When tagged, the bears join the catchers on the line.

  1. Players line up along one edge of the gym. They are the bears.
  2. Two catchers start on width-wise lines as the catchers who will try and tag the bears as they run across.
  3. The catchers yell ‘Here Come The Bears’ and the runners run.
  4. The catchers can only move left and right along their line.
  5. Any bears who are caught then become catchers and join them on the line.
  6. Play until all have been caught!

Doctor Dodgeball

Grade level: 1-8
Equipment: 4 scooters, dodgeballs, mats (optional)
Game Description: Good old Dr. Dodgeball… when players are hit, they must sit down. The doctors will come by with their scooter ambulances and pick them up, bring them to the hospital, then the player is good to go back into the game. Careful that the doctor doesn’t get hit!

Fitness Relays

Grade level: K-8
Equipment: Various
Game Description: In Fitness Relays, players will divide into teams. These teams will each stand in a line across from a mat. Choose a fitness activity, for example jumping jacks, and let the relays begin! Switch up the exercises and reps and let players get a good workout!

Hop, Skip, Gallop

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: None
Game Description: What are some ways to move from one end of the gym to the other? Walking, running, jogging, hopping, skipping, galloping, jumping, lunging, knees-up, etc, etc. Practice basic transportation skills in this simple physical education game idea.

Get Your Trash Off My Yard!

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: Bean bags, dodgeballs, volleyball net
Game Description: Get your trash off my yard! Split the gym into 2 halves (best idea is to use the volleyball court to divide the playing area). The 2 halves represent 2 yards. Players on both sides will keep throwing, rolling, or sliding pieces of trash (dodgeballs, beanbags, etc) back and forth. Basically, the idea is that teams are throwing the neighbors trash off their yard. This can go on and on and on. Or end the round and see which yard is a bigger mess! Perhaps a lesson of social and community responsibilities can come up for discussion at some point in this game. Read More →

Jet Ball

Grade level: 3-8
Equipment: 2 dodgeballs
Game Description: Jetball is a personal favorite. This is a warm-up or mini-game that really gets players sweating. Two throwers work together to contact the runners as they try to make it from end to end each round without getting hit. Once players have been hit, they must sit on the ground where they can tag others as they run by. Read More →