The PUMPKIN DICE LATTE Challenge for OCTOBER

It’s time to Flourish with Fitness by taking the Pumpkin Dice Latte fitness challenge. In order to take this sweet challenge students, parents, teachers, and staff will need the following:

  • Pumpkin – With the help of an adult, find a pumpkin you can safely lift off the ground and over your head. You should be able to hold the pumpkin with extended arms in front of you for at least 10 seconds. If you are unable to find a pumpkin, use an alternative like a ball.
  • Dice – Go to your game closet to find a single dice.
  • A desire to get fit

Once a pumpkin has been selected, it’s time to get pumped using the pumpkin as a weight.

Get the PUMPKIN DICE LATTE CHALLENGE HERE!

Check out this awesome video for a demonstration of each exercise!

Thank you Jedd Austin (@jeddaustin) for your incredible videography/editing talent. This video will, without a doubt, be a useful resource for everyone who takes the challenge.

  • Spooky Squats – Hold your pumpkin by your chest. Slowly complete a squat. Remember to keep your shoulders back and push off your heels.
  • Jack-o-Lantern Jacks – Complete jumping jacks holding the pumpkin over your head.
  • Pumpkin Press – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Push your pumpkin above your head then down to your chest for one repetition.
  • Pumpkin Seed Sit-ups – Lie flat on your back holding the pumpkin on the ground with extended arms over your head. Lifting one leg, curl up and touch your toe with the pumpkin. Repeat this move while alternating legs.
  • Boogedy Boogedy Burpees – Complete a burpee while holding your pumpkin with two hands.
  • Frankenstein Kicks – Hold the pumpkin out in front of you with extended arms. Alternating legs, gently kick the pumpkin with your toes.

I spend the week prior to the challenge introducing the workout and practicing each of the exercises during PE class. This allows me to help students with form before setting them off to do the workout at home. I’ve incorporated rest days this year as well. Students need to know that giving your body a break is an important part of any workout regiment. At the end of the month, participants turn in their calendars. Anyone who completes ten days or more receives an award certificate with a two-inch gold sticker and a plastic shoe token.

For access to the challenge click PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE!

BTW – Don’t forget about the yummy pumpkin seeds when the challenge is over. They make a super, yummy, healthy snack. Click PUMPKIN SEED RECIPE for directions on how to roast them. I like to make several batches, each with a different seasoning. Here are a few of my favorites (season prior to roasting):

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Salt and Vinegar
  • Barbecue
  • Ranch – Envelope Hidden Valley ranch seasoning
  • Cheddar or Parmesan – use packets of powdered cheese from a macaroni and cheese box

Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justybubpe.

Check out my Facebook group called Keeping Kids in Motion!

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for over 100 useful games for physical education!

Teachers Pay Teachers Store

CYLINDERCISING – Instant activity promoting teamwork, creativity, and exercise

I use cylindercising as an instant activity. Students enter the gym and on the screen they see the following:

I’ll match up partners as they enter and off they go to retrieve one foam cylinder and an open space. As I filter throughout the gym, I’m never disappointed in the communication, excitement, an overall creativity exploding from the minds of our students. The enthusiasm when it’s time to share their cylindercises goes unmatched.

I’ve used cylindercising with students in first grade through 5th grade. No matter which grade level, the results are the same. Students are having fun, working together, and exercising.

If foam cylinders are not in your PE equipment room there are other options. Other possibilities include:

  • swim noodles (long or cut into segments)
  • plastic cones
  • foam discs
  • gator balls
  • foam dice

If you enjoyed this post, consider following my blog to receive future posts.

Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justybubpe.

Check out my Facebook group called Keeping Kids in Motion!

Youtube Channel

Subscribe to the FREE Keeping Kids in Motion Newsletter and get new games and activities 
Check out my TeachersPayTeachers store.

FEED THE FROGS/SWAT THE FLIES – Game of the Week

Feed the Frogs is another fun throwing game which includes throwing, striking, strategy, shooting, and fun. I play this game with 1st-5th grades. It’s based off the game Oscar the Grouch where students attempt to throw balls into the opposing team’s garbage can. In Feed the Frogs the flies that land inside the mats remain there instead of a student or two standing inside the circle of mats as they do in Oscar the Grouch who are charged with emptying the trash as balls enter. Feed the Frogs adds a few more exciting elements to the game, creating more action for every student.

What you’ll need for set-up:

  • 10-20 small cones
  • 6 medium-large cones
  • 4 mats
  • 4 swim noodles
  • 4-6 medium size dice
  • 8-10 foam paddles
  • 20+ fleece or gator balls for throwing

How to Play:


If you enjoyed this post, consider following my blog to receive future posts.

Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justybubpe.

Check out my Facebook group called Keeping Kids in Motion!

Youtube Channel

Subscribe to the FREE Keeping Kids in Motion Newsletter and get new games and activities 
Check out my TeachersPayTeachers store.
%d bloggers like this: