This is a great way to use a variety of portable pieces of equipment to promote physical activity. Many research studies have indicated that children acquire higher levels of physical activity when interacting with portable play equipment opposed to fixed play equipment. These pieces can be used in multiple ways to encourage children to practice the various locomotive gross motor skills (running, jumping, hopping ect ) as well as manipulative based skills such as throwing, catching and kicking.
As mentioned last night adding 'homemade' non-commercial equipment also adds additional interest to the learning environment. We discussed using glad bags filled with coloured sand as temporary bean bags, recycled containers (milk bottles filled with coloured water, yogurt containers) as items that children can run to/around and physically active games. Emma you also mentioned useful ways to use pool noodles ( jumping over, cut into small pieces for a bat to practice hitting a stationary object such as a ball. I even said that other educators have attached pool noodles to ice cream containers and made their own set of hurdles for children to practice jumping over.
Thank you for posting these great images. It would be great if other services could share images of any home made resources that are being used to promote physical activity.