DIY Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

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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.

Let each of your kids (or their friends) invent a course for others to try.

Run through the course. Then time how fast everyone is.

Try silly animal walks, skipping, or going backward.

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids


What other things can you obstacle course include? How about one of these actions:

Stop and start.




Bounce on a bouncy ball.







Crab walk.



Backyard Obstacle Course

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 for your obstacle course. Here’s a list of what we use most frequently for our backyard obstacle courses:

Obstacle Course Ideas

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Jump  Rope – these work for running while jumping or as a line on the ground

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Cones – these are the BEST for your course since you can arrange in lots of interesting ways

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Jumpy Ball – races anyone?

Horse Shoes – we use these to throw, to hop over, and as stepping stones

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Hula Hoops – these can be on the ground or for when you get somewhere and need to “hoop” as an activity

A Backyard Obstacle Course for Your Kids

Frisbees – these are the best! Use to throw at a target or as stepping stones.

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

What do you think? Doesn’t this look FUN!?

DIY Obstacle Course in the Backyard

More Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas

Watch a video – Make an Obstacle Course Indoors

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11 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. I’m back again — to tell you that I’m gonna feature this post on Friday with a huge round up of ideas on ways to get kids moving.

    Come by on Friday and check out all the other features — I’m pretty excited about this round up of energy busters!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE all the activity!!!!! Way to go in getting them moving!!!!

    I just started moderating a group over at We Teach – Bodies to Move – I’d LOVE for you to join us and share some ideas on getting us moving!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    1. thanks – I do like that group, I’m just so limited on time. I’ll come on over since it’s you. 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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