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Activity Zones

Create activity zone areas on the playground (or in the gym), designated for specific types of activities. Use cones and signs to identify each zone and the activities that will be done there. Set up areas and activities that can make the most of the space you have! Change the zones and activities every couple of weeks.

  • With the help of your school’s physical education team, design a set of activity zones for different types of activities, like group games, jumping rope, areas for tag and others.
  • Use cones or other markers, and signs to designate the different areas. Make signs that explain what activities are designated for the different activity zones and help students select zones that are right for them.
  • Make big poster-sized maps of the activity zones to put up around the school, especially near exits to the playground or at the entrance to the gym, so students know what to expect when they enter the zones!
  • Get volunteer students or adults to help run activities in the different zones.
  • You may want to solicit donations for the project in the form of funding or equipment. Use the Tools below to help. Consider applying for funding opportunities on!

Everyone Can:

  • Help design the activity zones and activities
  • Solicit donations of equipment and materials
  • Design activity zone signs
  • Help organize activities during activity periods
  • Keep It Going:

    • Encourage friends and classmates to be physically active every day
      • Change the zones and activities every few weeks to keep things interesting for students.
Stencils are painted all over our campus. Students can create games or play the games that were created by others. This can be utilized during WOW time, recess and after school!
At James Bowie Elementary, Dallas, Texas ,Activity Zones are a favorite of my students. Each activity is challenging and enjoyable. Each station has the name of an activity and the goal/number of repetitions to be completed by students. Having a variety of stations is important as student skill levels differ. Students are given a log to write the number completed, and the log is turned in at the end of class. Pedometers are used as an incentive for students to achieve personal goals.


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