Slide boards are a great addition to physical education fitness stations! Transform classic fitness exercises like mountain climbers, bridge hold/hamstring curl, front lunges, side lunges, and shuffling by adding slide board activities. I’ve also included a quick tutorial on how to make your own slide boards to help stretch those PE dollars!
5 Fun Fitness Exercises Using Slide Boards:
Dimensions for the smaller slide boards shown in the video are 48” x 16” and the larger board is 2’ x 6’ with a piece of wooden molding attached to each end. This allows the students to push off to get momentum to slide.
You can purchase slide boards here or I’ve included instructions for making your own below!
How to make a Slide Board:
Take a trip to your local hardware store and pick up a sheet of Smooth White Panel Board. Some stores may refer to it as Hard Board or Shower Board. It typically comes in a large 4ft x 8ft sheet for less than $15. You can even ask the store associate to cut it down to any size desired using their wall-mount saw; most of your major hardware stores have this option available. Score! No clean up on your end.
You will also need a cloth to use under your student’s shoes to help their feet slide on the board. I use 2 types with my students depending on the exercise: washcloths or a cloth book cover cut in half that the students can slip on over their shoes.
The slide boards will become less slippery the more they are used. TIP: Use Pledge furniture spray to wipe down your boards to regain its slick surface.