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Top 10 Essential Equipment Resources by Grade

You want to have the right PE equipment on hand for every age and development stage, so we asked our experts to list their Essential Items to get students up and moving. Versatile, multi-purpose products they can use every day.

Here are their recommended “Top 10s” by grade level—based on years of experience, and validated by thousands of purchases by PE and Recreation professionals we work with all over North America.

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  Elementary (lower)
Pre-K - 2
Elementary (upper)
3 - 5
Student Development Goals "Basic Skills"
Movement, balance, agility, weight bearing, jumping, hopping, running, skipping.
"Activate Skills"
Putting it all together— learning rules and strategies; how to play the game.
Curriculum Focus/
Equipment Needs
Multi-use items work best for the youngest students who need safe, cross-curricular, individual and group learning opportunities. With acquisition of basic skills, teachers add more creative, exciting and challenging lessons and equipment.
1 Bean Bags
5" Colored Nylon Square - #485
Scooters
12" Safety Grip - #2407
2 Hoops
30" Kink Free Heavy Duty Hoops - #12112
Playground Balls - EverPlay 8 1/2" PG Ball - #18336
Ball Inflators for all needs - #5905 / #559
3 Movement Scarves
Dozen 17" in 3 Colors - #5473
Water Noodles
5' Long Foam Noodles in 3 Colors - #8052
4 Parachutes
24' SuperChute - #10785
Short Jump Ropes
8' Beaded Skip Rope - #58
5 Fleece/Yarn Balls
4" Color Balls in 4 Colors - #841
Noodle Bits
256 Foam Bits in a Bag; 4 Colors - #15869
6 Long Jump Ropes
16' Beaded Skip Rope - #51
Spot Markers
Dozen 9" Colored Poly Spot Marker Set - #743
7 Dino Skin Balls
7" Medium Bounce Balls - #1911
Foam Rings
10' Colored Foam Deck Rings, Set of 6 - #14479
8 Floor Tape
1" Floor Tape in Colors - #582
Numbered Floor Markers
4" Neoprene Brightly Colored, 1-30 Junior Spots Marker Set - #15714
9 Foam Dice
3" Multi-Color Set of 6 Dice - #19656
Equipment Storage & Organizing Containers
10 Alphabet Floor Markers
12" Neoprene Spot Markers - #39519
Foam Paddles
Set of 4, 12" Handle, 8" Diameter Paddles - #11723
Desired Outcomes Build confidence and competencies.
Early development of skeletal and muscular systems.
Encourage love of physical movement and activity.
Build confidence and competencies.
Early development of skeletal and muscular systems.
Encourage love of physical movement and activity.
  Middle School
6 - 8
High School
9 - 12
Student Development Goals "Basic Skills"
Recreational proficiency, team-building, problem solving, competitive activities
"Activate Skills"
Recreational proficiency, team-building, problem solving, competitive activities
Curriculum Focus/
Equipment Needs
Students have greater capacity to learn fitness concepts, dance, problem solving, and participate in team and individual sports . Offer students choices for unique and personal learning opportunities that they will enjoy. This is a pivotal period when you can influence them to adopt a lifetime of physical activity.
1 Frisbees
WHAM-O Frisbee® Ultimate, 10" 175 Grams - #3184
Team Sport Equipment
2 Speed Ropes
Solid Vinyl Licorice 10' - #9507
Individual Sport Equipment
3 Recreation Balls
Small (3") and Large (15") Coated Foam Balls -
#14435 / #18238
Project Adventure
4 Rubber Chickens
Bucket of 12, Colored, 8 1/2" - #10790
Recreational Sports Equipment
5 Pedometers
Accusplit Easy to Use Step Counter - #12243
Technology/Heart Rate Monitor
6 Buckets
Multi-Bucket Set of 12 in 4 Colors - #7865
Fitness Equipment Bike
7 Large Group Cooperative Game
Project Adventure Pipeline
(Large Group Game Using Pipes and Marbles) - #11925
Agility Ladders
8 Pinnies
Keeper Set of Adult No-Tie 48 Nylon Pinnies in 6 Colors - #12518
Kettlebells
9 Numbered Cones
Set of 36 - 9" Cones in 6 Colors; each Color # 1-6 - #18074
Orange Cones - Extra Sturdy, 18" Cones - #228
Weighted Bars
10 Tennis Racquets and Balls Slam Balls
Desired Outcomes Enhance physical, psycho-social and emotional capacities.
Build character and life skills.
Encourage healthy habits and a lifetime of activity.
Enhance physical, psycho-social and emotional capacities.
Build character and life skills.
Encourage healthy habits and a lifetime of activity.
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