PE students are helping kids stay active this Thanksgiving


Students in UW–Madison’s Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program are helping kids and families stay active this Thanksgiving.

Two PE students play Reverse Pig Trash Ball
UW–Madison students in the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program play “Reverse Pig Trash Ball.”

The students have teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to share ideas for games kids can do at home with their families during the holiday break from school.

The games include “Reverse Pig Trash Ball,” a basketball shooting game using only crumpled paper and a trash can; “Sardines,” which is played like hide-and-seek but in reverse; and more fun ideas that only require common household items.

“The PE program at UW–Madison is focused equally on the physical, mental, and the social and emotional components of every student that we teach,” says Cindy Kuhrasch, director of the PETE program, which is housed in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for activities that promote physical and social and emotional opportunities for success that students could experience with their families and friends during the Thanksgiving break,” she adds.

A flyer describing the games will be included in the Boys and Girls Club’s Thanksgiving baskets that go to over 500 families, and associated videos will be made available via the Boys and Girls Club’s virtual programming website.

“We are so fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the UW–Madison PE program and are appreciative of their help to provide both our members and the community ideas for staying active during the upcoming Thanksgiving break,” says Tiffany Loomis, vice president of operations for the Boys and Girls Club. “During this hectic time for most families, this will be an easy and fun resource to help prevent boredom and give ways for the whole family to participate together and keep wellness in mind.”

The videos are also being shared through the PETE program’s Facebook page for all families looking for ideas and inspiration to keep moving together through the holidays.