Homemade Obstacle Course

One of the greatest things about a homemade obstacle course is that you can use whatever items you have on hand.  The whole family can participate in gathering items, setting up the course, and testing skills in a friendly family competition. Here are some ideas of the many activities you can incorporate into your course. Better yet, let your child be involved in choosing the activities and setting up the course:

Balance

  • Lay down a board for a balance beam
  • Walk the “tightrope” using a jump rope or garden hose
  • Stand on one foot for a count of five (or ten)

Crawl

  • Crawl under a table or bench
  • Go through a pop-up tunnel
  • Lay a sweeping brush across two chairs and crawl under
  • Crawl through a large cardboard box (top and bottom removed)
  • “Army crawl” across a blanket or sheet

Jump

  • Hop across a hopscotch board drawn with chalk
  • Make a line of hula hoops and jump from hoop to hoop
  • Stand on a marked spot and do jumping jacks
  • Jump over soft pool noodle hurdles (prop the noodles below knee-height on two overturned buckets or boxes)

Pull & Ride

  • Pull a toy truck along a twisty garden hose or sidewalk chalk path
  • Take a lap on a tricycle or scooter

Reach & Toss

  • Reach and touch balloons hanging from a tree branch (at your child’s tippy toe height)
  • Throw beanbags into a laundry basket or bucket
  • Toss paper plate rings (cut out the centre) onto a water bottle for a homemade ring toss
  • Shoot a basketball

Splash

  • Walk through a wading pool
  • Toss a water balloon at a target (fence, tree, bucket, etc.)
  • Run through the sprinkler (This is a great course finale!)

Walk & Weave

  • Set-up plastic cones for a classic weaving drill
  • Walk backwards ten steps
  • Zig-zag through a slalom course of hats, shoes, or whatever else you can find
  • Walk heel-to-toe in a straight line

Some kids like the addition of a stopwatch to keep track of their course times. Other kids would rather just go through the course for fun.  Either way, you’ll be adding some fun family fitness to your day!