Backyard Obstacle Course

Create a backyard obstacle course with playful challenges to get you moving and giggling.


What You Need: 

  • Ball 
  • Laundry basket or bucket 
  • Two chairs 
  • String, yarn, or ribbon 
  • Sidewalk chalk or tape 

 
What You Do: 

  1. Set up your backyard obstacle course with these challenges. Add a few of your own.
  2. Run through your obstacle course. Have someone time you. Repeat to improve your speed and coordination. 
  • Crab Racer Challenge: Lie on your back and push yourself up with your hands and feet. Scamper like a crab to the next challenge.
  • Don’t Drop the Ball Challenge: Put a small ball between your legs. Walk to a basket without dropping the ball. Drop the ball in the basket using your knees. 
  • Wiggle Worm Challenge: Tie a string (or yarn or ribbon) to 2 chairs high enough to crawl under. Lay on your tummy and wiggle like a worm under the string. 
  • Bee Balanced Challenge: Make a line on the ground using sidewalk chalk or masking tape. Walk with one foot in front of the other to stay on the line. 
  • Hop to It Challenge: Cross your feet and cross your arms like you are hugging yourself. Without uncrossing your arms or feet, hop to the finish line.

Words to Use: 

  • Obstacle: Something that makes it difficult to achieve something. 
  • Coordination: The way your muscles move together. 
  • Endurance: The ability to do something challenging for a long period of time. 
  • Balance: Steadiness. Not wobbly. 

 
What to Talk About:  

  • Estimate how long it will take to complete the course. 
  • Which challenge was hardest for you? Which was easiest? 
  • How could we make the course more challenging? 

 
Change It Up:  

  • Age It Down: Engage in each challenge together.  Make it collaborative instead of competitive.  
  • Age It Up: Add additional challenges to the course. Race against a timer. 

Learning Connections:  

  • Persistence 
  • Collaboration 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Gross Motor Development 
  • Physical Activity 

 
Curriculum Connections:  
NC Standard Course of Study 

  • Physical Education: K.MS.1, 1.MS.1, 2.MS.1, 3.MS.1, 4.MS.1, 5.MS.1, K.MC.2, 1.MC.2, 2.MC.2, 3.MC.2, 4.MC.2, 5.MC.2, K.HF.3, 1.HF.3, 2.HF.3, 3.HF.3, 4.HF.3, 5.HF.3 
  • Health Education: 1.NPA.3, 2.NPA.3 

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