I often find the best way to learn how a warm up game works is to see it action. The PE Shake's YouTube channel does just that, giving you a complete understanding of the games are played. You can watch it over and over until you are confident you can give the instructions on your own. By watching in advance you can also pre-empt any changes you would need to make to suit the needs of your class.
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PE lessons can already require large amounts of equipment to be organized, so to add extra gear for the warm up can be a hassle. This list of simple, fun and equipment free warm up activities is ideal for those times when you already have an action packed lesson to follow. A lot of them don't use much space either making them extra useful on a rainy day!
We all know what a warm up is, but how do we make sure it's safe and effective and doing what it is supposed to be doing? This free, downloadable resource explains all that and more. Use the 'How Physical Activity Feels' chart to allow students to develop their own understanding of how their body is responding.
As useful as online resources can be, nothing beats being able to flick through a book to find an appropriate warm up game. No need to memorize rules or print from the computer. This book is full of ideas and variations to suit any age group and space. I totally agree that the more silly the name the more the kids get involved and reach their warm up potential!
This is the title of the video clip and I don't disagree! So simple and incorporates physical activity along with teamwork and thinking skills. As kids get better at the game you can add extra rules such as time restrictions or continuous play.