Included are over 100 ready-to-use conditioning games and activites plus directions for making your own inexpensive equipment, guidelines for holding a Sports Day, and a reproducible fitness testing form to identify your students' areas of strength/weakness in comparison to national averages for ages 6-12.
For quick access, all of these materials are organized into the following sections:
- AEROBIC WARM-UPS: 10 vigorous activities you can use to begin a class, e.g., "Dribble Tag," "Soccer Cross Country" and "Tennis Ball Jog"
- RUNNING ACTIVITIES: 14 activities that make running fun, e.g., "Adventure Run," "Run a Mile +" and "Pursuit Relay"
- ACTIVE GAMES: 43 aerobic tag games, throwing and catching games, and dodge games to increase children's fitness levels, e.g., "Flag Tag", "Swatball", and "Ghost Busters"
- STRENGTH ACTIVITIES: 27 muscle-building exercises, combat games, parachute activities and mat activities, e.g., "Push-Up Challenges," "Batman Bowling," "Arm Wrestling" and "Parachute Basketball"
- ACTIVE STATIONS: 5 special stations that involve all kids and provide opportunities to offer individual help, e.g., "Jump Ball," a very active station for 2-7 students that develops jumping ability as well as "blockout" skills
- HOT-WEATHER STATIONS: 4 less active, skill-oriented activities for hot days, e.g., "Hockey Croquet," a favorite summertime game that builds eye-hand coordination and can be played indoors and outdoors
- THINGS TO MAKE: 29 easy-to-make equipment projects that not only save money but help meet individual needs, e.g., "Monster Basket," a large basket to enable all children to experience the fun of shooting a basket
- ACTIVE SPORTS-DAY DESIGNS: General suggestions and two different designs for a Sports Day - a great way to culminate the school and P.E. year
- FITNESS TESTING: An easy-to-use, 5-item fitness test that measures kids' abdominal muscle fitness, flexibility, leg power, cardiovascular fitness, and upper-body strength
- READY-TO-USE FORMS: 13 reproducible forms to save you time in using the activities, e.g., "Timer's Check Sheet for Mile Run" and "Volunteer Form for Sports Days"
Moreover, every one of these fitness games and activities is complete and ready for your successful use, including appropriate grade levels, brief description, objective, equipment needed (if any), easy-to-follow directions and illustrations, and variations. Each also includes a special Activity Indicator that tells you whether it is "less active," "active," "very active" or meant to develop "strength."