Research proves that exercise improves children’s focus and energy levels, and the CDC recommends that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. With so many PE apps, videos, and online resources available, it’s easier than ever to incorporate P.E. into your daily learning plan. This list will have you and your students sweating in no time!
PE Streaming and Online Videos
Dancing is one of the easiest ways to get your body moving … and grooving. As kids follow the moves on this YouTube-based dance challenge, they won’t even realize they’re getting in a great cardio workout. Plus Just Dance features all their fave musical artists.
Stretch, bend and get movin’ with the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel, where you’ll find 10-20 minute guided yoga workouts for preschool to elementary school-aged kids. Kids will love striking poses in outer space, underwater, on the farm, and more! You can also stream episodes on Amazon Prime Video.
The Body Coach is a popular YouTube channel that features free, easy-to-follow, at-home workouts for everyone, including kids. Get fit no matter your fitness level with these active, engaging 5-8 minute videos.
A place for fitness, workouts, and wellness … just for kids. Need a simple way to get your kids moving? Simply choose the age category, press play, and stream to any device. Find over 100 sessions categorized by age group.
Preschoolers can practice balance and coordination while also practicing everything from colors to numbers to the ABCs in Coach Josh’s fun workout show, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
This 30-minute-long exercise YouTube video is the perfect excuse to get moving along with your kids. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a workout that combines intense bursts of exercise and short, active recovery periods. Think marching, jumping jacks, and squats. No equipment needed! Just put on a pair of athletic shoes and press play.
Simply soccer’s seven-minute YouTube video shows you how to work on some fancy footwork skills from the comfort of home.
Who wants to be a ninja? Join Abbey Manser on her YouTube channel to learn basic karate skills for kids.
Dance to the beat of rated-G versions of popular songs like Thank U, Next, Señorita, and Old Town Road.
Tiny tots up to 7 years old will enjoy guided movement classes with a focus on play with UK-based Tumbletots at Home. Weekly, 25-minute exercise sessions can be easily accessed on three platforms: Facebook, IGTV, and YouTube.
Dad and fitness trainer Joe Wicks hosts 30-minute PE workouts for kids on Body Coach TV YouTube channel. Wicks encourages parents to join in on the fitness fun, so throw on your workout gear and get ready to work out alongside your kids, moms and dads!
Get fit with a little monkey business! Moovlee is an animated monkey that leads 4-10 minutes workout videos for kids ages 3-5. With a focus on meditation, yoga, and cardio, Moovlee will get your kids moving.
Sometimes five minutes of moving and shaking are all it takes to energize and refocus. 5 a Day Fitness’ high-energy, low-impact, fun fitness videos make it easy to squeeze a workout or two or three into busy days. Check out their French and Spanish language fitness videos for kids to practice language skills and get your heart pumping.
Tweens and tweens won’t even realize they’re working out as they dance to the beat of JamTimeDanceTV’s hip hop tutorials. Moonwalk, step touch, and glide to classic hip hop tracks.
This app features free 15-, 30-, and 45-minute workouts designed by expert Nike trainers and will be a great fit for the sport-playing middle or high schooler looking to keep in tip-top shape at home.
As your kids strike each of the thirteen yoga poses and breathing techniques featured in this yoga-focused app, they’ll gain flexibility and strength. They’ll also be more centered and calm thanks to soothing music.
Teachers love to use the Go Noodle Kids app to get kids moving in the classroom. Interactive videos combine movement with mindfulness, helping kids center themselves for learning. The modules are short, making GoNoodle ideal for kids that need a quick energy boost through exercise.
The Sworkit Kids app makes it easy to create and tailor workouts that fit your kid’s age, ability, and fitness level. Kids can count on building strength and agility as they’re guided by the app through an interval-style workout that mixes targeted exercises with fun challenges, making exercise feel more like a game than a must-do.
Research suggests that high-intensity interval training can provide many of the same benefits as longer workouts minus the time commitment. These seven-minute workouts are easy fitness fits for busy days.
Wuf Shanti is a lovable dog that teaches kids yoga poses with songs, videos along with a heavy dose of words of encouragement. Wuff’s motivational motto, “Think well to be well,” fits this app’s focus on positive thinking.
Online PE Lesson Plans
Gopher, the go-to source for P.E. teachers, has gathered useful blog articles and two at-home lesson plan options for any parents looking to add education to their home learning curriculum: SPARKhome features free, wellness-focused K-12 PE lesson plans (3 weeks of materials for K-2, 3-6, middle school and high school). Dynamic PE ASAP has free lesson plans with both in-home and backyard activities that will get kids active STAT.
For students, Carone Learning offers cFitness Academy, an accredited online school specializing in health and fitness for students.
Looking for movement ideas for the classroom? Sanford fit has hundreds of free resources—like brain breaks, lessons, and videos—to help kids make healthy choices inside and outside of the classroom.
Free PE activity ideas, classroom resources, and physical activity calendars are available for download!
Plus, check out 10 ways to encourage fitness and healthy living in tweens and teens.
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