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Teaching Physical Education with fun group games & activities


One of the most popular and powerful methods of teaching health and physical education is the use of physical education games.

Many group games and activities are ideally suited to HPE because they are inherently attractive to play and can explicitly or implicitly help students grow in their knowledge of physical education and develop their skills.

Skills such as running, throwing, catching evasion, and many fine motor skills such as balance, coordination, speed and agility, are easily taught through the use of health and physical education games.

Take a look at the samples listed at the bottom of this page for some great activity ideas to blend with your existing physical education curriculum.


Benefits of Integrating Physical Education Games Into HPE classes

Some of the more powerful reasons teachers integrate the use of group games and activities into their health and physical education curriculum include:

  • Fun group games encourage the whole class to participate;
  • Perfect for short and frequent brain-breaks;
  • Many activities are ideally suited for building aerobic and cardio-vascular exercise;
  • When facilitated well, group games can help build critical social and emotional skills within the group; and
  • Your group will enjoy the sheer joy that comes from playing many group games.


Group Activities Which Enhance Physical Education Curriculum

The images below provide links to a sample of group activities which can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum to teach health and physical education, drawn from playmeo’s ever-expanding activity database.

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Criss Cross

Variable & dynamic traversing challenge for an individual.


TP Shuffle

Classic group initiative to strengthen communication skills.


Pretty Darn Quick

Quick, energetic & dynamic tag game for small groups.


Pressure Cooker

Energetic initiative to challenge critical thinking skills.


Walk & Stop

Active game to inspire good listening & reflex skills.


Around The World

Fun, whole-of-group mathematical energiser.


Longest Shadow

Quick problem-solving activity fuelled by the sun.


Paper Holding

Dynamic team-building exercise, ideal for small groups.