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Name of Activity:

Mystery Exercise Box

Purpose of Activity:

‪This is a fun hands-on project that students can create and then use to get exercise and be active!‬ Great for “MakerGym”, fitness motivation, art integration, and at home PE.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Tissue Box (or any box)
Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils
Stickers/Magazines/Crafty Decorations

Description of Idea

In this project-based activity students construct a “Mystery Exercise Box.”

To make this box they decorate a tissue box or any type of box in their own creative way using paper, magazine clippings, stickers, drawings, etc. this helps students feel invested in what they are doing because they can personalize it.

Then students write down exercises and/or actions on slips of paper to fold up and put inside of the box.

They can also include questions such as, “What is your favorite sport, healthy food, outdoor activity?”

Once they are done they can shake up the box and pick out a slip of paper to see what it unveils!


Submitted by Stefanie Rothschild who teaches at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, MA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/18/2020.
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Mystery Exercise Box

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Thanks for the great idea! Definitely great for online learners, thank you!

Michelle Sirounis

Fabulous for all our E-Learners! Thank you


I think this is a GREAT Idea!!!!

Whitney Lorentzen

Great idea! Will use!

Teresa Reed

Great idea for distance learning.

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