Obstacle courses build important gross motor skills, develop muscles, develop coordination, help motor planning, increase endurance, increase confidence, basically, all the benefits of outdoor play and physical activity that you already know about.
Go outside and find things you already own in your toy storage box. (Do you have one? – if you don’t I highly recommend something like this one from Target.)
You can use anything you have. Here’s a list what we use most frequently for our obstacle courses.
other supply ideas: buckets, chalk, boxes, flags, chairs.
Now that you’ve collected your supplies, consider movements. What do you want your children to do in the obstacle course?
Stop and start.
Bounce on a bouncy ball.