School in a Book: Physical Education and Recreation Skills

No one is saying you need to become an all-star. But learning the basics of a wide variety of sports helps you understand your options and, almost certainly, find something you will enjoy long-term.

For each of the activities below, learn the basic rules of the game, experience playing the game multiple times, and learn proper form for as many of the skills involved in the game as possible. (This is particularly important with swimming and running.) YouTube videos are an invaluable resource for this.

BASIC PHYSICAL EDUCATION SKILLS

Team Sports

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Tennis

Solo and Two-person Minimum Sports

  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Roller Skating
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Sledding
  • Dance (including square dancing, line dancing, ballet, jazz, tap, swing, ballroom, rumba, hip hop, salsa, and tango)
  • Parkour
  • Billiards/pool
  • Snorkeling
  • Gymnastics
  • Yoga
  • Rock climbing
  • Martial arts
  • Diving
  • Weight lifting
  • Wrestling
  • Snow skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Wake boarding
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Rafting
  • Golf
  • Table tennis/ping pong
  • Pickleball
  • Cricket
  • Wiffleball
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Frisbee golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Jump roping
  • Wrestling
  • Canyoneering
  • Horse riding
  • Polo
  • SCUBA diving
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Shooting
  • Archery
  • Raquetball
  • Squash
  • Handball
  • Hang gliding
  • Paragliding
  • Kite flying
  • Rodeo sports
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Rowing
  • Auto racing
  • ATV racing
  • Dune buggying
  • Go-kart racing
  • Aerobatics
  • Parachuting
  • Foosball

BASIC RECREATION SKILLS

Yard Games

  • Hide and Seek
  • Capture the Flag
  • Tag
  • Sardines
  • Dodgeball
  • Kick the Can
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Frisbee
  • Keep Away
  • Scavenger hunts

Indoor Recreation

  • Card games
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Sudoku
  • Logic grid puzzles
  • Mazes
  • Map puzzles
  • Charades
  • Show and tell events
  • Talent shows
  • Art museums and galleries
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Science and history museums
  • Planetariums
  • Educational and recreational clubs (scouting clubs, book clubs, science clubs, gaming clubs and more)
  • Scrabble
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Go
  • Mah jong
  • Monopoly
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Complex strategy board games like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic or Settlers of Cattan
  • Other educational board games

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