Get Students Climbing the Walls during National Physical Education & Sport Week

Get Students Climbing the Walls during National Physical Education & Sport Week

In recognition of National Physical Education & Sport week, we are sharing a new climbing wall activity. We hope your climbers enjoy it!


Participants climb with a focus on silent and controlled footwork

Grade Level: 2 and up

Materials: Jingle bell ankle bands, one for each foot of each climber

Advance Set Up: Assemble or locate jingle bell ankle bands (see Teaching Tips).


Have participants attach jingle bells to their ankles. Challenge them to climb making the least amount of noise possible. The goal is to climb silently -- in a smooth and controlled manner.


  • To decrease challenge:
    • Wear jingle bell ankle band on only one ankle.
    • Reduce the number of bells on each band.
  • To increase challenge:
  • Try the activity with bells on wrists.

Teaching Tips:

  • This activity forces climbers to think about controlled and careful foot placement. Encourage them to use the inside part of the foot under the big toe which offers the most stability.
  • If you are in a school, the music department might have a set of rhythm bands you could borrow for this activity.
  • Ask volunteers to assemble jingle bell anklets using jingle bells and elastic.

National Standard(s): 1,2,3,4 & 5

Grade-Level Outcomes: 

  • Nonlocomotor (S1.E7, S1.E8, S1.E10)
  • Movement concepts (S2.E1, S2.E2)
  • Engages in physical activity (S3.E2, S3.M3, S3.M4, S3.M5)
  • Personal responsibility (S4.E1, S4.E2, S4.M1, S4.M2)
  • Rules & etiquette (S4.E5, S4.M5, S4.M6)
  • Safety (S4.E6, S4.M7)
  • Challenge (S5.E2, S5.M3)

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