Top 10 Physical Activities for Children

Top Physical Activities for children

Physical activity is vital for a child’s health and fitness, so it is extremely important to promote a variety of different physical activities in your setting.

Not sure how to improve physical activity in your primary school? Try these 10 different physical activities for children to enhance your school’s physical education lessons and enrich the children’s physical development.

Top 10 Physical Activities for Children in Primary School

Organised Sport

By engaging children in regular sporting activities, it improves their overall health and fitness and increases their social skills and sense of achievement. Promote a variety of sports in your setting to encourage children to take part in organised sports, such as football, rugby, cricket, tennis, basketball, netball, badminton, rounders and hockey.


Running is a fun and simple activity that strengthens the children’s muscles and bones. Encourage children to run by integrating a variety of unique racing games, such as an energetic space hopper race, the classic egg and spoon race, a playful sack race or an amusing fancy dress relay race!

Obstacle Course

Create an exciting obstacle course to enhance the children’s development in numerous areas for balance, coordination, alertness, body awareness, strength and endurance. Try using obstacles such as balance beams, hurdles, cones, ladders, hoops, space hoppers, tunnels, balls and climbing frames to build the ultimate children’s obstacle course!


Throwing activities help to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination, motor skills and timing. There are countless throwing games that you can try with the children, such as throwing balls through hoops, shooting in basketball and netball games, hitting a target with bean bags in a throwing game or aiming an object at a large target board or set of cans.


If you play a child’s favourite song, it is guaranteed to make their body move! Dancing promotes cooperation and increases flexibility and stamina. Encourage the children to invent their own dances and give them props such as colourful dance rings, scarves, pom poms or wands to inspire their creativity even further!


Skipping is a fun activity which improves a child’s heart rate, coordination and agility. Encourage children to try different skipping games, such as jumping with a partner, running through the rope or jumping for height!

Parachute Game

Parachutes are a popular resource for large groups of children, which help to develop gross motor skills and inspire teamwork. There are heaps of different uses for parachutes, including games such as crossing over and under, ocean waves, cat and mouse, ball surfing and much more!


Trampolining is an enjoyable cardiovascular activity that increases a child’s heart rate, builds strength and tones muscles. Most kids love to jump on a trampoline, so why not introduce them to a mini trampoline and engage them in games such as knee jumping, jumping on one leg or counting with each jump.

Tug of War

Tug of war is an entertaining and competitive activity that enhances a child’s strength and resistance. Split the children into teams, hand out the rope, set the goal and let the battle commence!


Walking is a simple activity that not only increases physical development, but also enhances a child’s mental health as well. Whether it’s walking to school, power walking in a school race or walking through nature on a school trip, make sure you get the kids out and about to promote physical activity.

Let’s get active!

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How does physical activity benefit children? Find out The Importance of Physical Activity for Children on our EYR Blog.

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