• As I approach the end of my career, I look back at my teaching evolution from being a scared, young educator, with no idea how to really teach children, to a veteran author-teacher-mentor who truly loves the physical education profession. None of which would be possible if it had not been for the passionate teachers who came before me and shared with me their joy and expertise. If you have ever tried any of my games or participated in any of my staff development/workshops, I pray that you saw my heart for physical education and children and that my passion came across through what I shared and presented. So, it is with great joy to share with you my final publication, PE2theMax's Greatest Hits: Games Created to Maximize Skills, Participation, Teamwork, and Fun! Although it was extremely hard, I went back through all six of my books and selected my all-time favorite, most popular creations to share with you in one edition. As a bonus, I have also included six of my latest game creations that I think you will enjoy. A book full of my all-time favorite games and activities designed with play and fun with a PURPOSE. A wonderful guide to help enhance any physical education program by providing activities to be implemented as stand-alone lessons or as follow up activities to reinforce a particular learning target(s). PE2theMax's Greatest Hits includes 145 pages to help guide you toward greater success in your physical education program and most importantly, students having lots of fun in the gym. This resource provides invigorating and challenging activities for classes of all sizes, resulting in minimal discipline problems and maximum participation. All games and activities are classroom-tested and have been used successfully with children ages 4 to 13. They maximize participation and ensure that every child is provided with numerous opportunities for success while learning basic fitness-, sport-, and academic-related skills. Now let’s play!
  • Concentration Stations!                                                                          K-2 OBJECTIVE: Based on the classic matching card game of Concentration, Concentration Stations will help reinforce various challenge and manipulative skills to help students focus and concentrate. Google https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentration_(card_game) to learn how to play the original game.
  • Virtual Field Day

    The Virtual Field Day is an online, alternative Pre-K through 8th grade field day that contains 12 Minute to Win it Challenges. These movement-based activities will provide your students with a fun, yet challenging opportunity to participate in a new type of field day experience. This resource offers a Virtual Field Day document, 12 challenge activities, student rules and video submission information, along with equipment needs, teacher notes and scoring suggestions for each challenge. You can simply show my videos and use my scores or recreate your own videos and scoring. You can download it in a Word document so that you can modify, cut and paste, and basically do what you need to fit your program's needs. Minute to Win it Challenges: A video will be posted to provide you with the rules, equipment needed and a demonstration of how to perform each challenge
    1. Tennis Racket Challenge
    2. Rope Jump Challenge
    3. Frisbee Throw Challenge
    4. Rundown Challenge
    5. Basketball Shooting Challenge
    6. Marshmallow Move Challenge
    7. Penny Tower Challenge
    8. Bottle Flip Challenge
    9. Hoop in and out Challenge
    10. Wall Ball Challenge
    11. Grocery Bag Juggle Challenge
    12. Cartwheel Challenge
    13. Bonus: badges for every event that can be emailed
  • After a few years in the making, I’m excited to share with you my latest creation and 6th book, HyPEd Up II! Physical Education Games to the Max. HyPEd Up II includes 25 new games with 100+ pages and TONS of diagrams and pictures. Being around children has taught me so many things over my 24+ years of teaching elementary physical education. I have embraced the notion that physical educators have a major impact on whether or not physically active children grow up to become physically active adults. With that thought in mind, I have asked myself numerous times… “at the end of the day, the end of the year, the end of my students’ elementary physical education experience, what is the number one outcome I want each child to take away from their time with me?” There are MANY learning outcomes and targets that I establish within my physical education curriculum. However, if I had to choose one overall outcome, it would have to be that all children would leave realizing that movement is FUN and that they want movement to be a part of their lives forever. Ultimately, my goal for each child is that they come to the conclusion that they will not be fully content in life unless they are actively pursuing lifelong fitness. It is my pleasure to present to you HyPEd Up II! Physical Education Games to the Max! A book of games and activities designed with play and fun with a PURPOSE. This book is a guide to enhancing any physical education program by giving the teacher suggestions of activities to be implemented as stand-alone activities or as follow up activities to reinforce a particular learning target(s).
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    OBJECTIVE: Did you know that there is a group of tiny, but sneaky invaders that can make your bodies sick? These invaders, called germs are lurking everywhere, ready to creep into your body without being noticed. Explore with your class as you share some facts about germs and how students can protect themselves from these tiny organisms. Grab your scooter and be prepared because the Germ Invasion is coming!
  • OBJECTIVE: Each student will partner up to form a Dynamic Duo. Each Dynamic Duo will be given many opportunities to demonstrate teamwork and communication in order to earn points by completing the silly, Dynamic Duo Challenges.
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    OBJECTIVE: Quick Six is an aerobic-based game to be introduced as a fun, prerequisite to the PACER test or as a great activity to get students jogging. Teams must demonstrate persistence, perseverance and have a little luck in order to become the Quick Six champions.
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    OBJECTIVE: The game of Personal High Jinks is a team-based challenge that provides a great way to introduce personal hygiene, while reinforcing the skill of targeting, accuracy, and finesse with a little bit of perseverance and some silly high jinks.
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    OBJECTIVE: Derived from the original game of Pace Maker (PE2theMax by J.D. Hughes, 2005), the outrageously aerobic game of Pace Maker II reinforces the concept of pacing and its importance in physical activity, while introducing and reinforcing various locomotor skills.
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    OBJECTIVE: According to www.dictionary.com, noodling means to improvise, experiment, or think creatively. Come take an imaginary trip, Noodling through Time as students explore, develop and improve ways to manipulate a foam noodle. Students will practice visual tracking, throwing for accuracy, balance, noodle control, catching and teamwork skills using foam noodles. Today we are going to get into our time machine and travel all over the world to the past, present and future. Our noodle will change into something different everywhere we travel. We will not know what the noodle becomes until we arrive to the new destination. It is now time to travel. Hold your noodle above your head and spin your body like a helicopter propeller as fast as you can. Ready and begin…..10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……
  • Let'em Roll Image
    OBJECTIVE: Let ‘em Roll, derived from the game of EcSTATIC Bowling is a high energy target-based game where cooperation, speed and accuracy are essential to be successful. Teams will race to complete the various target and level challenges.
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    EcSTATIC Bowling

    OBJECTIVE: EcSTATIC Bowling is the advanced and more competitive version from the original game of EcSTATIC. Teams will race to complete the cooperative bowling and static balance challenges. AND as a bonus, holding static poses is great for building core strength!
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    OBJECTIVE: This zany, action-packed teamwork game reinforces spatial awareness, throwing for accuracy, bucket manipulation, eye-hand coordination, communication, patience and most importantly…..cooPEration!
  • Connect 4 Game Image
    OBJECTIVE: Derived from the classic game of Connect Four (by Milton Bradley), the teamwork game of Connect 4-Fun will get everyone active and hyped about whose team is going to demonstrate the best communication and strategy.
  • OBJECTIVE: Watch as each team races to “stash their cash” in this fun, competitive game that provides a great way to introduce money recognition and addition, while integrating fitness and perseverance.
  • OBJECTIVE: This whacky game, created by my great friend and colleague Mickey Eidson that he derived from an old-school TV show reinforces spatial awareness, using the forehand, backhand, and overhand paddle striking skills for accuracy, and eye-hand coordination. PaddleStar Galactica will test each student’s accuracy by challenging them to hit and destroy various targets before the time elapses.
  • Objective: Match Madness is a high energy, nonstop fitness game. The key to success in this game is to find multiple hidden card matches. Note: “What lies Beneath?” is a great game to play with Grades 3 through 8 in conjunction with Match Madness due to similarities in game set up.
  • OBJECTIVE: The Savage Sumos are angry because the hungry, village peasants are taking their food supply of noodles the Sumos eat to become Sumo Legends. Peasants must travel through the Sumo’s village, avoiding the Sumo’s clutches in order to find noodles and bring home to their families.
  • Objective: Challenge students’ throwing accuracy and spelling skills through the hair-raising game of Scrabblistic. In Scrabblistic, students must score points in order to earn scrabble tiles, and in turn, stretch the student’s minds by providing multiple opportunities to recall and practice spelling words. The combination of spelling fundamentals, exercise, memorization, and teamwork forces players to strategize while constantly earning tiles in order to spell words and earn as many points as possible.
  • Objective: Word Up, derived from Building Blocks (Hughes, PE2theMax, 2003) is a game designed to stretch student’s minds by providing multiple opportunities to recall and practice spelling words and creating sentences. The combination of spelling fundamentals, locomotor movements, and teamwork forces players to strategize and think while constantly exercising to spell words and earn as many points as possible.


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