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Ideas for a Backyard Obstacle Course

post #1 of 9
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 I love that it's getting warmer and our neighborhood kids are getting together more to play outside.  What kinds of things can you do for a backyard (or front yard) obstacle course?  Submit your ideas here!  I'm putting together some suggestions using things you may already have.

 

  • Create a balance beam out of a 2x4 board and two milk crates (or just place the board on the ground).  To add to the excitement, place a wading pool underneath it.
  • Set up a sprinkler and have kids run underneath it without getting wet (requires precision timing).  If you have a trampoline, set the sprinkler up under the trampoline and have them jump a certain number of times.
  • If you have a rope swing, put a plastic wading pool underneath it.  The child takes a running head start and has to swing over the pool without getting wet.
  • Set up a slalom course using orange cones and a tricycle.  If you don't have orange cones, use empty two-liter bottles filled with water.
  • Do driveway bowling.  You have to knock down all the pins before moving on.
  • Lay a ladder down flat on the ground and have kids run over it, one foot in between each rung.
  • Hang a hula hoop from a tree branch low enough so that the participant must climb through it
  • Water balloon relay:  Run water balloons from one pile to another without any of them breaking.
post #2 of 9
  • jumproping
  • limbo, or army crawl under a broomstick propped on some boxes
  • Make a tunnel out of boxes to crawl through
  • Make hurdles using pool noodles or broomsticks
  • ringtoss
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by swishina View Post

  • jumproping
  • limbo, or army crawl under a broomstick propped on some boxes
  • Make a tunnel out of boxes to crawl through
  • Make hurdles using pool noodles or broomsticks
  • ringtoss


Great ideas!  You can also use a hula hoop for the ring toss.

post #4 of 9

my kids make obstacle courses all the time, but we also have a gymnastics bar and 2 floor balance beams and 2 mats and also a

cheese mat.

 

they will take a jump rope and lay it out and you do ski jumping like with it jumping side to side

and then the hulahoops we have they lay out and jump into each one.

 

 

post #5 of 9
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Does anyone have an idea for piles of leaves in backyard obstacle courses?  We've got plenty of them right now!

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Does anyone have an idea for piles of leaves in backyard obstacle courses?  We've got plenty of them right now!

  • Put them in a kiddie pool to wade through
  • Race to see who can fill up a bag more in 5 minutes
  • Jump over bagged leaves
  • long jump into a pile of leaves
  • hop through hula hoops full of leaves on the ground, without kicking any leaves out
post #7 of 9

Some more obstacle course ideas:

 

  • If you don't have tires, you could use pool inflatables
  • Use an old laundry basket as an obstacle to jump into or over
  • a small stool would work for younger kids. They climb up, then jump off, or even try to jump over it.

 

I know I've mentioned that my kids are obsessed with the show Wipeout and they love to create their own obstacle courses.  You could just gather some supplies you have around and have them create their own.

post #8 of 9

We had a picnic at the park with some friends today and did an obstacle course.  We used:

 

This was all stuff I just had around the house (we used the orange cones for my son's car birthday party).  The course involved jumping, hopping, twirling, cartwheeling, running and more.

 

 

Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas: http://www.mommysavers.com/c/t/201871/ideas-for-a-backyard-obstacle-course

 

Backyard obstacle courses http://www.mommysavers.com/c/t/201871/ideas-for-a-backyard-obstacle-course

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Kim View Post

Does anyone have an idea for piles of leaves in backyard obstacle courses?  We've got plenty of them right now!

You could put a big piles of leaves at the bottom of a slide to slide into.

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