Aerobic Bowling


Aerobic Bowling 

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4

Equipment: 1 gator skin ball and 1 bowling pin per group. Grade: 2-5
Purpose of Event:  Students will work on rolling the ball on the floor (bowling) while trying to knock down a pin on the other side of the gym.
Time: 15- 20 minutes
Introduction: using the lines of the volleyball court. Have students place the bowling pin on the opposite sideline from where they are standing.  On your signal, the student with the ball will underhand roll the ball trying to knock their pin down, if they knock it down they get a point (keep track of your own points).  The student then must run across the gym, set up your pin if needed, retrieve their ball and run it back to the next student in line. Students MUST hand them the ball (no throwing).  Keep alternating turns bowling and running for either a set number of points…5 or for a set length of time 3-5 minutes.  Then have the class stop and compare scores with their teammates.  Have the winners or losers, rotate to either the right or left, then play another game.

Modifications: Vary the distance between bowler and pin, size of ball (bigger/smaller), number of pins.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Make students know (before) how to perform each exercise described on the cards.
This idea is from: Mark Struck, Physical Education Teacher, Laura B. Andersen Elementary School.

Pizza Delivery


Pizza Delivery 

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 5
Equipment: 20 Hula Hoops, Several Gator-Skin Balls, & Cones (if needed) Grade: K-3
Purpose: Rolling, Running, & Cooperative Learning
Time: 15-25 Minutes
Organization: Students will sit around the middle circle while I explain the rules to the game.  Split the class up into 2 teams. 

  • Pick 2 students to be the pizza delivery person before the games starts. 
  • In this game students are required to “roll” the gator-skin balls “pepperonis” across the gym floor to the hula-hoops “pizzas.” The students goal is to have the pepperoni stay inside the pizza (hula-hoops). 
  • If the ball stays in the hula-hoops the pizza delivery person brings that pizza (hula-hoop) up to me (teacher) and I put it on my cart. 
  • The game is over when one team gets all their pepperonis in the 10 pizzas. 


  • No guarding or blocking the balls.
  • No touching a ball that is STILL rolling (Kindergarten does struggle with this). 
  • Variation: if Kindergarten students keep “touching” the balls that are rolling I just have the students rolling it back to the other team. 
Concerns: Be Careful when running around the gym and making sure students are fighting over the balls (learning how to share). 
This idea is from: Kris Smith, Physical Education Teacher, Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls, SD. 

Bowling (Station Activity)

Bowling (Station Activity)

State Standard: 2

Equipment: bowling pins & cones (one for each group), music, variety of balls
Grade: K-2
Purpose of Event: Check underhand throwing (overhand too) and aiming/hitting a stationary target
Time: 15+ minutes

Divide class into groups of 2-3. Each group stands at their cone and have a ball. When the music starts, the game begins. The object of the activity is to knock down the bowling pin. Each time the pin is knocked down, the team gets 1 point. If you knock over the pin, you go set it up while one person on the team retrieves the ball. The retriever becomes the next bowler. Take turns.

Concerns: Space groups apart so that they aren’t hit by others pins, don’t allow students to stand by the pins.
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