At-home Obstacle Course Ideas

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5 Home Obstacle Courses to do for All Ages

A fun way to take a break and get their minds thinking, is setting up an obstacle course. Courses can be done inside or outside and they can vary for age group and in difficulty. The fun thing about an at home obstacle course is that you can substitute obstacles with anything you have available at home and if it’s too easy the first time around, you can adjust for multiple rounds. Kids can do it again and again until they’re all tired out! The following course ideas will vary from infants to older children needing more of a challenge.

Crawlers Everywhere!

This course is geared for babies that are starting to craw and can be done with pillows or couch cushions to add different height levels. The objective of this course is to have your child practice crawling over over and between things. The more advanced of a crawler you have, the more challenging you can make it. This is a great opportunity to introduce some positional vocabulary with your crawler. Try setting a pillow for them to crawl over and then two pillows for them to crawl between. Place a pile of pillows so they have to go around them, try creating a bridge with 3 pillows (2 on the side and 1 on top) and have them go under the bridge. There are many ways to change up the course and keep your crawler engaged.

Up, down, all around!

The following ideas are for toddlers working on their gross motor skills! They are very simple to execute and all you need is masking tape, a few stuffed animals, a pillowcase, a sheet, chairs for a tunnel and some footprint cutouts. Begin with a strip of tape marking the starting line.

  • Make zigzags with the tape and have kids hop or walk heel to toe along the lines. For an added challenge, have them hold a ball on a spoon without letting it fall.
  • Set up hopscotch squares and have them jump from square to square.
  • Set an obstacle for them to twist jump before the next obstacle.
  • Do an obstacle for them to walk backwards or walk like a crab on all fours.
  • Set up a tunnel with a sheet and chairs and have them crawl through it.
  • Place stuffed animals on the ground and have them jump over them.
  • Set up the pillow case and have them hop in it to the next station.

These are all suggestions that can be modified for your home, space, or what best suits your children.

Sidewalk and Outside Course Ideas

This is a fun course that can be modified for all ages and can be done outside on a sidewalk or driveway. All you need for this is chalk and creativity! Suggestions on what to set up:

  • Run for a distance
  • Balance along a straight or squiggly line
  • Various bars to jump on
  • Looped lines to walk or jog along
  • Foot marks to step on with either right or left foot
  • Circles to jump over
  • An area to spin around multiple times
  • Hand prints to symbolize jumping in the air, high-five the sky
  • Small circles to tip-toe on
  • Multiple vertical lines to jump from side to side

Try timing the round you go through the course. Then, have your children try to beat their times.

Running Home

This game is more of a human board game but it helps with counting skills and movement. This is great for toddlers up to older children. This game can be as long or as short as you would like using dice. The objective is to have the children make it back “home” in the least amount of rolls. Have the children identify which shape and color they land on and either read the instructions or help them by reading it out loud for them. Find samples here to get an idea on what movements and cards to do.

Laser escape

This is a game for our kiddos wanting more of a challenge. For this game, you’ll need yarn and tape. You can choose a hallway or anywhere with 2 walls relatively close to each other or even a room depending on how much yarn you have available. Use the yarn and tape to create “lasers” and give the instructions that the children have to make it through the lasers without touching them. If they complete it too quickly, add some more lasers with the yarn or have them create a harder obstacle.

These are just some ways that we have found to incorporate obstacle courses at home. Share with us if you have any fun obstacle courses your family does to keep moving and thinking strategically.

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