DIY Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Get kids active and outdoors with a do-it-yourself (DIY) backyard obstacle course.

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.

DIY Backyard Obstacle Course

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.) It’s a great way to store supplies, toys and games for outside. AND, you can raid it to create your obstacle course!

You can use anything you have. Here’s a list of what we use most frequently for our backyard obstacle courses.

SUPPLIES

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Jump  Rope

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Cones

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Jumpy Ball

Horse Shoes

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Hula Hoops

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Frisbees

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Balls

other supply ideas: buckets, chalk, boxes, flags, chairs.

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Now that you’ve collected your supplies, consider movements. What do you want your children to do in their newly built backyard obstacle course?

ACTIONS FOR YOUR OBSTACLE COURSE

Stop and start.

Throw.

Hop.

Run.

Bounce on a bouncy ball.

Jump.

Skip.

Kick.

Skip.

Slide.

Crawl.

Crab walk.

Zig-zag.

Balance.

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

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