Skateboarding Free Printables and Activities

Skateboarding printables

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Skateboarding has become such a major part of American culture that few people need a detailed explanation. Essentially, the activity involves riding and doing creative tricks, spins and jumps on a skateboard.

A skateboard consists of a flat deck (originally made of wood) which is typically 7.5 to 8.25 inches wide and 28 to 32 inches long. The deck is set on four wheels (initially made from metal or clay) and is propelled by the rider pushing along the ground with one foot while the other balances on the board.

In addition to standard skateboards, there are also boards of various deck sizes such as longboards (33 to 59 inches long) and penny boards (22 to 27 inches long).

There is debate over whether skateboarding is a sport or a recreational activity. However, it was one of five new events approved for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Skateboarding History

The exact origins of skateboarding are unclear. The activity is generally thought to have originated in California in the late 1940s or early 1950s by surfers who wanted to be able to surf even when the ocean's waves weren't cooperating.

The first skateboards were made from — you guessed it — skates. The wheels from skates were nailed to boards for "sidewalk surfing."

The sport began to grow in popularity in the 1960s, and several surfboard companies started producing better skateboards. People who weren't surfers began to sidewalk surf, and the sport developed its own following and lingo. 

Help your young students tap into — and learn — that lingo with these printables, which include a word search and crossword puzzle, vocabulary worksheets and even draw-and-write and coloring pages. 

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Skateboarding Vocabulary

As noted, skateboarding definitely has its own lingo. Introduce your students to terms like "grind trucks," "goofy foot," "half-pipe" and "kickflip" with this skateboarding vocabulary sheet. Use the internet or a book about skateboarding to define each term in the word bank and match it to its correct definition.

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Skateboarding Word Search

Let your student have fun reviewing skating lingo with this skateboarding word search. Each of the skateboard-related terms in the word bank can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle. As he finds each term, encourage him to review its meaning. 

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Skateboarding Crossword Puzzle

In this activity, your students will test their understanding of skateboarding jargon with a fun crossword puzzle. Each clue describes a previously-defined term. Use the clues to correctly complete the puzzle. If your students (or you) have trouble remembering any of the terms, they can refer to their completed skateboarding vocabulary sheet for help.

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Skateboarding Challenge

Students will test their knowledge of skateboarding lingo with this skateboarding challenge activity. For each description, students will choose the correct term from four multiple choice options.

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Skateboarding Alphabet Activity

What better way for a skateboarding enthusiast to hone her alphabetizing skills than by alphabetizing skateboarding jargon? Students will write each term from the word bank in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided.

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Skateboarding Draw and Write

In this draw-and-write activity, students can express their creativity while practicing their composition and handwriting skills. Students should draw a skateboarding-related picture and write about their drawing.

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Skateboarding Theme Paper

Students can use this skateboarding theme paper to write what they've learned about skateboarding. (Or, they can use it to explain more about skateboarding to you.)

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Skateboarding Coloring Page

Use this coloring page as a just-for-fun activity to give younger students practice using their fine motor skills, or as a quiet activity during read-aloud time.

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Skateboarding Coloring Page 2

Invite students to spend some time researching various skateboard styles. Then, they can use this page to design their own skateboard.

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Skateboarding - Tic-Tac-Toe

Cut the marker pieces off at the dotted line, and cut each of the pieces apart. This can be a great opportunity for younger students to practice their fine motor skills. Then, have fun playing skateboarding tic-tac-toe. For best results, print this sheet on card stock.

Updated by Kris Bales