Physical Education Equipment
OverviewMany students ask me where we get some of the equipment we have at school for our Physical Education program. We use a variety of P.E. equipment and supply companies each year based on what we need, price, quality, availability, etc.It is not my intention to endorse any particular company or store, but especially around the holidays, to simply make available resources for familiar and motivating equipment that can be used to fulfill the needs of our children and encourage active and meaningful play.Let's work together to keep our children active and healthy!
Equipment I've been asked aboutStilts (We use "Crazy Leg" stilts)Circus equipmentGym scooters (We use 16" "Cosom" scooters)Flying turtles (Roller Racers)"grippy" Footballs (We use "Fun Gripper" footballs)OgosGym matshuge lightweight Cageball (We use "Omnikin" balls)
Site ListsMany of the companies we use are easily accessible on-line, so I'll list some of them below (in no particular order).http://www.usgames.com US Games (great for stilts, scarves, devil sticks, spinning plates, peacock feathers, diabolos, juggling balls/rings/clubs, Roller Racers, and OGOs)
http://www.flaghouse.com Flaghousehttp://www.enasco.com Nasco (great for "Fun Gripper" footballs, stilts, and juggling objects)http://www.ssww.com S & S Worldwidehttp://www.sportime.com School Specialty Physical Education & Recreation Sportimehttp://www.BSNsports.com BSN SportsAlso, for specialty equipment, you can google (or use any computer search engine) "physical education equipment" or even google the specific name of the piece of equipment you are interested in.You can also find equipment in many stores, including some local stores, such as toy stores, sporting goods stores, and department stores.
Do It Yourself IdeasI'd like to note that many times "home made" equipment can be delightful and motivating to a child. For example, inexpensive and easily made objects such as balloons, sock balls (socks stuffed and tied off), beach balls, and tennis balls can be used to play with in any number of ways to tap, throw, catch, and juggle. Not only do these specific skills improve eye-hand coordination, but in the bigger picture, making up challenges and games fosters creativity, perseverance, focusing and maintaining attention, as well as improvement in fitness, coordination, and balance.