Get 'em hopping, dipping and skipping—and building motor skills, too.
Beat the blahs—shoo kids outdoors for a fun and goofy homemade obstacle course!
An obstacle course in your yard (or basement) is sure to shake up a dull day or liven up any birthday party. Running obstacle courses builds kids' cardiovascular health and gross motor skills and helps develop the ability to remember multi-step directions. Designing a course also calls on your child's creativity and problem-solving skills. In short, an obstacle course is a super skill-builder!
To get your obstacle course (and child) up and running, help your child decide where to place various "obstacles" around your yard. Obstacles might include:
Be creative and see what other "obstacles" you can create together. Add balls, bikes, sprinklers or whatever else sounds fun.
Take turns deciding the route that must be followed and rules of the route (such as "hop in and out of the hoop three times"). Children may enjoy the added challenge of being timed as they run the course. Shake a leg!