Physical Education Equipment


    Many 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 about

    Stilts (We use "Crazy Leg" stilts)
    Circus equipment
    Gym scooters (We use 16" "Cosom" scooters)
    Flying turtles (Roller Racers)
    "grippy" Footballs (We use "Fun Gripper" footballs)
    Gym mats
    huge lightweight Cageball (We use "Omnikin" balls)

    Site Lists

    Many 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.enasco.com    Nasco  (great for "Fun Gripper" footballs, stilts, and juggling objects)
    http://www.ssww.com   S & S Worldwide
    http://www.sportime.com   School Specialty Physical Education & Recreation Sportime
    http://www.Gophersport.com  Gopher (huge variety of all types of PE equipment)
    http://www.jugglingstore.com  (great for all kinds of circus equipment and supplies)
    Also, 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 Ideas

    I'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.