Here you will find video or instructions for equipment I have made and found useful or ideas for using equipment for ways in which it might not have been intended when teaching physical education skills, concepts and principles.
Nana's Knit Balls
Early in my teaching career I was visiting my grandmother. I noticed she had a knit ball that had a little bell inside and asked her what it was for. She told me she had bought it for her cat. She tossed it into the kitchen and the cat ran it down and rolled brought it back. After looking at it more closely I realized that I needed to have some of these - without the bell. I asked her if she could figure out the pattern and make some more.
"Oh... about 30!"
It didn't take long before she was knitting away and I had 30 new balls for my physical education classes. At the time, you could order a box of rejected hose from the Legg's Panty Hose Company for about $5.00 and postage. I ordered a box and we stuffed the balls with nylon. They ended up being the most versatile, durable balls I had ever used. She loved doing it as she loved to feel needed!
If you have any senior citizens in your community my guess is that some might love to be asked to knit up some of Nana's Knit Balls. It's a great way to connect to a wonderful group of people who often love to be asked to help out!
Click here for a pattern for knit balls that will stand the test of time. Mine lasted 31 years!
Mr. (or Mrs.) Post - I named it. My extra hand when teaching long rope jumping skills to primary age students. Setting this up as a center positioned so you can have an eye on the rest of class works very well. The dot provides instant feedback to students that they are able to jump up and down in one spot instead of traveling forward.
This is just PVC Pipe that has been cut with the edges sanded down. My kids love testing their balance and creating new and different ways to balance on them. It helps that my father has an excavation business and has scraps of this stuff lying around all over the place.
Blast O' Base
I use this base for celebrations all the time. The kids absolutely love it. Even the older students...
Free at most hardware stores these barrels provide great targets for a variety of activities in all age ranges.