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Don't be fooled by how short this lesson is; it contains a good idea for adaptive PE. The activity is intended to help learners with visual impairments increase motor skills, muscle strength, and mobility. Two kids play a game of tug of war by pulling against each other while holding onto a Thera-Band or a rope. 
Hats off to Barry for a great idea. He teaches Adapted PE to elementary school children, and when he is absent they often don't get to have PE. So he came up with this great plan to videotape short lessons that his pupils could follow, and all the regular teacher has to do is push the play button on the VCR. The sky is the limit, so take this idea and adapt it to meet your needs.
Learners develop spatial awareness through "movement" using hula hoops as the personal parameter.
Golf is a popular game that is enjoyed around the world. Invite your pupils with visual impairments or blindness to putt a few balls or make a hole in one. This lesson provides several very good suggestions as to how you can teach an adaptive version of golf to learners with special needs. The ultimate goal of the lesson is to engage learners on a real golf course. How cool is that?
Kickball is a classic recess game that everybody should play at least once. Included here is a wonderful set of instructions that describe how you can modify the game to make it accessible to children with low or no visual ability. Ramps, cones, and high contrast markers make a recess classic totally accessible. 
Did you ever play capture the flag? I did, and it was so much fun! Your learners with special needs, physical handicaps, or visual impairments can play a classic and highly engaging game with a few minor adaptations. The best part is, while they play, they will be building directional mobility and orientation skills, as well as interacting socially and learning how to navigate an outdoor environment. 
Here is a great set of adaptations and modifications that will make your next game of disc golf accessible to all your pupils. Listed are several variations and ways you can modify the game for your learners with physical or visual impairments. 
Baseball can be so entertaining! Here are a few great ideas you can use to get your learners with visual impairments out on the old ball field. A sound-enhanced pitching device or T-ball stand is used to alert players when it's time to swing the bat. Cones are used to help learners find their way to all four bases, and balls and bats of various sizes are used to make the game fully accessible.
Why is learning how to catch and toss so important? If one has visual impairments, learning this basic skill will help him increase orientation and mobility, coordination, and cognitive development,. Mastery of this skill will also mean that he is more likely to play with other kids on the playground. Bean bags, brightly colored targets, sound, and other modifications are used to help learners become the best bag tossers around.  
Here is a game that can be played by both sighted and unsighted children. Floor mats, blindfolds, and bowling pins are used to create a real-life battleship game where each team attempts to knock down the other team's pins. 
The world is a very different place to those who are blind. That is why it is so important to have your kids with visual impairments explore the world in many different ways. For this activity, a bean bag is placed on the child's head, and he/she attempts to keep it there while he hops, crawls, walks, or skips. 
Encourage your learners who are blind or visually impaired to participate in sports or recreational activities. This super simple idea uses a beach ball with a bell on it to help kids become comfortable with playing catch. The activity will help increase listening skills, gross motor skills, and orientation skills. 
To improve mobility, social skill development, and the concept of position, learners with physical disabilities work together to raise and lower a hula hoop over their heads. The activity is short and intended to be used as a warm-up.
The class practices bounce passes and chest passes to improve their basketball skills. They get to play a modified basketball game with no dribbling allowed. You could incorporate several modifications into this lesson to accomodate different levels of ability.
Students reinforce their ability to identify bones of the body in a game setting using a Volleyball net, clothes pins, x-rays or pictures of human bones and joints.
Students get a stuffed animal (chicken, dog or rabbit). When the "Bunny Hop" music is playing, all students perform the dance. When "Who Let the Dogs Out" plays, the "dogs" chase (via walking) the chickens and rabbits. If tag
Have your class research a country related to the Olympics. They participate in physical education activities included in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test and write about their country. This is a very interactive plan.
Students review previously taught movements of kicking, striking, throwing and catching while involving a Halloween theme. They go to workstations with names such as "Floating Ghosts," "Shadow Shapes," "Spider Web," &quo
Students are given the opportunity to use the teamwork and leadership skills they learned in our cooperative learning unit in a real situation. They participate in relays, races, and rope challenges to showcase their ability to work with other student
Students increase the heart rate and improve fitness by moving for an extended length of time. They go to three work stations: 1) Jump into July, 2) Firecrackers, and 3) Flag building.