Get your children active and outdoors with a do-it-yourself DIY obstacle course for kids right in your own backyard.
Obstacle courses build important gross motor skills, develop muscles, develop coordination, help motor planning, increase endurance, increase confidence, and improve problem-solving. Basically all the benefits of outdoor play and physical activity that you already know about.
My husband started to set up obstacle courses for our kids because he wanted them to be outside more and to develop their core strength and coordination while having fun.
Once they got the hang of it, my daughters loved making obstacle courses for each other.
I encourage you to let each of your kids (or their friends) invent an obstacle course for kids that they know, too.
Once you’ve set up your course, have children, even young children, go through the course from start to finish. Then, for older kids, you can time how fast each child is. (Only do this IF it’s fun and doesn’t turn into tears!)
After you complete the courses running or walking, try silly animal walks, skipping, or going backward.
ACTIONS FOR YOUR OBSTACLE COURSE
What other things can your DIY obstacle course include? How about one of these actions:
Stop and start.
Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids
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. It’s a great way to store supplies, toys, and games for outside. And you can raid it to create your obstacle course!)
Obstacle Course Ideas
You can use anything you have for your obstacle course. Here’s a list of what we use most frequently for our backyard obstacle course for kids. (Theoretically, you could many of these things for an indoor course as long as you have the room.)
Jumpy Hoppy Ball — races anyone?
Horseshoes — we use these to throw, to hop over, and as stepping stones.
Frisbees — these are the best! Use to throw at a target or as stepping stones.
Want more obstacle course ideas?
How about buckets, chalk, boxes, flags, and chairs?
What do you think? Don’t these obstacle courses look FUN!? My kids love them!
More Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas