100 Physical Education Activities
by Denis O'Driscoll
PageTurner Press and Media

"Play volleyball using a balloon for the ball and a rope or chairs for the net."

This book reminds readers that exercise can be fun, fast, and free. Though fitness has been commercialized with must-have equipment for every sport and exercise, O'Driscoll delightfully shows readers that this is unnecessary. Getting in shape does not have to break one's wallet.

Some equipment may be necessary, but most of it is budget-friendly. For example, if one has a ball, a broom, or a buddy, one can bring the book's workouts into the house, the classroom, or the yard. The author reminds readers that exercise is play and can spontaneously erupt any place, bringing with it a multitude of benefits. O'Driscoll lists the physical activities gathered in alphabetical order. The book is well organized and easy to use. The activities are all explained clearly and simply. Participants can close their eyes, point at one, and then do it. Or perhaps a person will choose to go down the list and do one a day. Whatever the modus operandi selected, the book will help adults and children get moving.

Some of the exercises/games might make readers wish they were part of a pack instead of just a family. For example, in one activity, riders sit on the back of "horses" who are on their hands and knees. Then the riders must "wrestle each other off their mounts." But other activity suggestions are calmer and more zen-inducing, like the "Stork Stand." There are activities where participants work together and others where they compete against one another. Finally, there are multiple balance activities, challenging for every player. Anyone can and should encourage kids to be physically active. To do so, a person might call upon this book daily to "bust a move" with students or family.

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