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So, this post is not exactly reinventing the wheel! Obstacle courses are not anything new – in fact they’ve probably been around pretty much forever. But I just wanted to let you know, in case you didn’t already, that it is SO simple to set up a really basic obstacle course for your kids. You can literally use any old sh*te you have lying around :’) So here you go: how to make an easy obstacle course…
Always on the lookout for easy activities
So at the moment, in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, there are many parents who are attempting to homeschool their kids in some way. And I know lots of people, myself included, are constantly on the hunt for inspiration and ideas.
Some of these seem like a LOT of hard work to be honest! I’m more about the simple quick activities that take little to no preparation!
My VERY easy obstacle course
The other week I shared on my Instagram the VERY easy obstacle course I made for the twigs in the garden. I was pleasantly surprised by how many messages I received from others who liked the idea and tried it for themselves.
I don’t have any proper equipment like mini beanbags, cones etc – you know the sorts of things you’d see in a proper PE lesson? Yeah none of that! So I just went round my garden gathering up any old stuff I could use.
What we did
So basically, the obstacle course went like this:
- Walk across the chalk tightrope on the patio (feet touching).
- Step on the puzzle pieces.
- Bounce the ball with the tennis racket three times.
- Do three star jumps.
- Run in and out of the beanbag stools.
- Bounce on the space hopper.
- Run as fast as you can back to the start!
There was lots of learning involved
We had so much fun doing this! We took it in turns and timed each person’s go on my phone (which the twigs also enjoyed!) Rather than competing against each other, we just tried to beat our own previous times. There was lots of Maths involved here. Which number is higher/lower? What was your fastest time? etc.
You could add pretty much anything you like to an obstacle course. I think ours could have been a bit more physical, with some things to climb over or under, for example. It was lots of fun though and kept the twigs entertained for ages! It was certainly a good workout for me too!
Thanks for reading and I hope this was useful!
Til next time,
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