Category: Outdoor

Hunter Hawks

Grade level: 2-8
Equipment: Hula hoops
Game Description: Communication is key in this game, as birds try to leave their tree nests safely so that the hunter hawks cannot land in them. Using hula hoops as the tree nests, students communicate and switch spots, but might end up becoming a hunter hawk looking for a new home. Read More →

Dead Ant Tag

Grade level: K-5
Equipment: None
Game Description: Hilarious idea for a simple tag game: if a player gets tagged, he must turn over on his back and put arms and legs up in the air like a dead ant on its back. To get back up? 4 players who aren’t tagged must attach themselves to an arm or leg and then that player is free. Read More →

The Video Camera Game

Grade level: K-5
Equipment: None
Game Description: Very simple warm-up game with a simple idea: the teacher calls out familiar actions that you would find on a video camera – play, stop, rewind, fast forward, etc. For each word that’s called out, the students will have to perform the related action within the playing area. Call random orders and mix it up! Switch leaders after awhile too to create their own patterns or sequences. Here’s what we have to get you started: Read More →


Grade level: K-8
Equipment: Pylons, beanbags
Game Description: Teams must communicate and work together to collect as many treasures as possible before time runs out. Or until all the treasures have been discovered. The treasures are ‘buried’ under cones, and one player at a time from each team can run out and try to find a piece of loot. A kind of relay-style game where communication is key. Try it out! Read More →

Catch Relay

Grade level: 4-8
Equipment: Football, baseball, or frisbee
Game Description: This is a great Throwing and Catching game for any sport or activity that uses those skills (football, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, etc). Non-stop action, teamwork, strategy, communication, with the option of competition. A must-play, and a definite favorite with lots of positive review. Read More →

Triangle Tag

Grade level: 1-8
Equipment: None
Game Description: A unique type of tag game in which 3 players form a triangle facing inwards to eachother, joining hands or locking arms or shoulders. A fourth player will start outside of the triangle and attempt to tag the player on the opposite side of the triangle from him. Great game for shuffle stepping, changing of direction, teamwork, and that kind of thing. This game will work with pretty much any age level.

The Question Game

Grade level: 3-8
Equipment: None
Game Description: Do you have brown hair? Do you have an older brother? Do you have a birthday in January? These types of questions can be asked in ‘The Question Game’, where students attempt to make it across to the other side without getting tagged. Players can only run if the question pertains to them. As more and more players get tagged, more and more become the tagger in the middle and it gets more difficult for the runners. Try it out and come up with your own questions. Read More →

Hourglass Relay

Grade level: 3-8
Equipment: None
Game Description: Hourglass Relay is a continuous running and cardio-building activity that gets students moving in the shape of an hourglass. Depending on the group, you can adjust speed of the activity – slow, medium, fast. With a sports team, it might be a great sprinting activity. With a physical education class, it might be a great jogging activity or student choice for speed. Simple yet effective. Read More →


Grade level: 1-3
Equipment: None
Game Description: One of the different versions of ABC tag, this one lets students think of words that start with a certain letter, and when they get tagged, they must say the word and/or spell the word out loud before they can get back into the game. Another popular version of ABC tag that you can try out as well goes something like this: students who are tagged try to turn their body into the shape of a letter. Try one or both of these versions of this game in your physical education class!