- number of players: from 5 children
- age: from 4 years old
- supplies: variety of obstacles and stop watch
- Played indoors or outdoors
- Duration: 20 min
How to play Obstacle course ?
Locate a variety of items around the area that can be used as obstacles the kids will need to crawl under, hop over, perform, or run around. Place these items in the shape of a track so that the children will know where to go. Once the obstacle course is assembled, time each of the kids as they run through the course to see who can get the fastest time.
Obstacle course ideas
Crawl under / through :
- ropes (think limbo…)
- cardboard box
Hop over :
- baseball bat
- shoot basket
- jumping Jacks
- Push Ups
Run around :
- other children
To make your obstacle course more challenging
- Change the direction: start the course at the end.
- Time the kids (or yourself!) to see how long it takes them to complete the course.
- Repeat the course while balancing a marble or plastic egg on a spoon.
- Use your non-dominant hand for all throwing activities.
- Complete the course while carrying a water-filled balloon or stuffed animal.
For larger groups, try turning it into a relay race where the whole team tries to set a speed record. Relays can either have one or all kids running at once! This becomes an excellent way for kids to burn off some extra energy. Your children will certainly appreciate a birthday party that includes an obstacle course.
The educational advantages of the game
- your kid develops gross motor skills as he experiences different ways of moving (crawling, bending, balancing).
- memorize instructions
- follow instructions in a specific order
- learning and listening to the rules of the game.
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