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.) 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.
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 their newly built backyard obstacle course?
ACTIONS FOR YOUR OBSTACLE COURSE
Stop and start.
Bounce on a bouncy ball.