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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Watch a video – Make an Obstacle Course Indoors

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea! My kids do this at preschool and it’s not like we don’t a bunch of stuff in our backyard already to set it up! Thank you for such a fun idea now that it’s finally spring here in New England! My kids will LOVE this!

    I guess for older kids, we can incorporate the basketball hoop and other stuff that is here. You have the best ideas!

  2. says

    You rock, Melissa – and your girls are adorable!
    Another great deep pressure sensory diet idea. We also do it inside when we can’t go out using furniture to climb over or under (safely of course) and a funny ways to travel such as tip toes, bear walks, belly crawls (pulling with your arms), etc.
    Thanks for sharing the fun!

  3. Rhonda says

    Thanks Melissa, I found your blog on google and will borrow these ideas for a birthday party for my 6 year old. Appreciate your help!

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