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Children need at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Children should not spend more than two hours a day using electronic media for entertainment (e.g. TV, computer games, Internet), particularly during daylight hours.

Physical activities

School aged children want to be:

  • Challenged
  • Stimulated
  • Excited
  • Interested
You are the facilitator of their ideas

More ideas

There are plenty of games books and ideas in the Library and in our resource library. Look in party books they have games that the kids love.

If you need more ideas or need more information, contact Lynn Tmplar at our using the contact details on our contact us page


Physical activities for school aged children

  • TV Show Ideas
    Use ideas from some of their TV program to get ideas on activities. E.g. Quiz shows, science shows, who wants to be a Millionaire, the price is right, etc.
  • Climbing
  • Mini Olympics
  • Parachute games
    (We have a parachute in our resource library).
  • Skipping
  • Frisbee fun
    Try Frisbee golf.
  • 'Poison' ball
    Not allowed to get hit by the ball. If you have a group of children have a catcher and thrower at either end with the other children in the middle. Or if a small group the adult can throw the ball to a fence or brick wall with the children between the wall and the adult.
  • "Magic" tricks
    Use magic tricks for ideas.
  • Picnic sports
    E.g. egg and spoon race, hula hoop rolling, gum boot throwing relay races, wheel barrow race, tug of war).
  • Four square
    Draw out the dens. 1 player stands in each den; the person in den 4 always starts each round. The ball is bounced from 1 player to the other in any order and must be caught by the person in whose den the ball actually bounced. Players may move out of their den to catch a high bounce. When a player misses the ball or bounces it outside the dens he moves into den 1 and everyone below him moves up one den. If more than 4 people the extra players can line up behind the person in den 1 and a person who misses the ball goes to the end of the line.
  • Balancing
  • Balancing contest
    Set the can about 1.5 metres apart. Each challenger now stands with one foot on a can, holding one end of the string. At the Count of 3, each challenger tries to unbalance their opponent by pulling on the string. The loser is the first person to put a foot down or lose balance.
  • French cricket
    Or a similar version - stand on a brick or block of wood and the hitter isn't allowed to let the ball hit the brick.
  • Treasure hunts
  • Become detectives
  • Balance board
  • Balance games
    How many times can you walk around your index finger without taking it off the ground or stopping.
  • Tyre challenge
    Dribble a ball while rolling the tyre, roll the tyre to the line and bounce a ball 20 times inside the tyre before rolling it back, different tyres have different points when they throw a bean bag into it, scoring.
  • Boules without a ball
    Collect a selection of stones; a small one for the target and egg sized ones for throwing. Same rules but stones are thrown to see who can get the closest to the target.
  • Coins on elbow
  • Coin snatch
    Raise your elbow in the air and place a coin on it. Move your forearm and open hand quickly downwards. You should be able to snatch the coin in mid-air. If the coin flies across the room before you can snatch it, you are probably moving your arm too quickly. How many times in a row can you snatch the coin without dropping it? Now add 2 coins and then another, how many can you catch? The world record for coin snatching is about 132 coins at a time.
  • Spiderweb
    Weave a web out of string or elastic about 75cm off the ground by weaving string back and forth across the room using furniture as posts. No need to worry about neatness. The object is to crawl under the web from one side to the other under the web and then to climb out the top without touching the string. This can be done outside too. You can attach a bell so that if it rings you have to start again.
  • Challenges
    Challenges are loved by school aged children - you could start your own Guinness book of records.
  • Bean feast
    How many baked beans can you eat one by one with a cocktail stick in half a minute.
  • Pegs
    How many pegs can you hold in 1 hand?

You can probably think of others now. Have fun!

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing