Homemade Equipment

If your resolution for the New Year is to get the kids up and moving at regular intervals, try some of these homemade props to make your physical activity sessions fun and creative. You might start by making polyspots out of colored foam to help the children identify their personal space and increase safety awareness, while practicing locomotor skills, identifying colors and shapes and learning to follow directions.

PuffballsSpongesCut into strips, gather 10-12 strips, use zip ties to secure.
YarnballsYarnWrap yarn 200 times around a piece of cardboard, remove and secure with a zip tie or string, cut ends. Use for games that require lightweight balls.
WandsRibbonsSecure ribbons or party streamers to 12-inch dowel with a staple. Make one for each hand if possible and dance to music.
WingsScarvesCut from remnants of cloth in a variety of colors and lengths. Great for dramatic dance.
ScoopsGallon JugsCut off bottoms, cover end with electrical tape. Play with tennis, koosh or other small balls.
Paper BallsNewspaperSquish into ball shape and secure with tape. Practice tossing, catching and throwing under, over or into something.
ShakersFilm ContainersFill with small beans or pasta, secure top. Shake like maracas to music.
Design MakerOld Paint BrushesUsing old paintbrushes and some water, paint shapes on sidewalks or decks to make a path to jump over, in or around.
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