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When kids are stuck inside because of bad weather or cold weather, kids need something to do to keep them entertained. These simple indoor obstacle course ideas can keep your kids entertained and tire them out! Change the course up with whatever you have on hand! No special equipment needed for these course ideas!
My oldest is always one who wants to play with somebody. One time during our preschool activities, I set up an obstacle course to tire him out and keep him entertained. He absolutely loved the course and has asked for an obstacle course every now and again ever since. I send him up the stairs, down the stairs, around the table, through a tunnel, jump, dance, crawl, pretty much anything, and he loves it!
When creating obstacle courses for my son, I try to make it with things we already have, but will run some energy out of him. I use all levels of the house to get him moving around and spread the obstacles out. This isn’t anything like the American Ninja Warrior obstacle courses, but it’s good enough for kids to drain some energy.
Sometimes, it’s hard to envision what to do for an indoor obstacle course for kids, so I’m here to give you some ideas. You can even make the obstacle course into a fun educational activity.
Obstacle Course ideas for energy burning:
- Run up and down the stairs
- Jump on a hoppy-hop to the next station. We got my son one of these and he loves it! He’ll still hop around the basement when he’s down there playing!
- Low crawl under chairs
- Jump on an exercise trampoline The exercise trampolines are great to get extra energy out when the kids are stuck inside! My son jumps on his but we keep it downstairs in the basement so it can be out of the way. You can’t really break the trampoline down to hide it away when not in use!
- Take a turn using exercise dice. I give an example of these in a previous post talking about 10 Indoor Activities for Children
- Crawl through a tunnel. These are great because they can be collapsed down in size!
- Jump over items (cones, boxes, blocks, pillows)
- Play hopscotch with wash rags
- Dance for 1 song! My son loves to dance to songs and loves when we join in on the dance party!
Obstacle course ideas for educational purposes:
The educational obstacle course ideas requires the child to stop and think how to solve the problem, rather than physically getting through it.
- Math flash card review in a tent station. Correctly identify 5 and move on. Use the math level each kid is at. You can use number recognition for younger kids, simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division!
- ABC review in a tent station. Correctly identify 10 and move on. Can also review the sounds the letters make with the identification of the letters.
- Sight word review in a tent station. Correctly identify 5 and move on
- Count the stairs
- Label each station with a number/letter, have the child go in order
- Spell words with each exercise (ex: for each letter do a jumping jack)
- Solve a math problem
- Estimate how many legos will fit into a jar. Test your hypothesis
- Float or sink- set up cups of water with small objects. The child has to go one by one and choose either float or sink.
Obstacle Course Ideas for Fine Motor:
- Thread beads on a string/pipe cleaner (depending on level of kid)
- Pick up pom pom balls with a tweezer
- Cut lines/objects in a piece of paper
- Trace/Write letters
These are just some examples of ideas you can have set up for your child to run through. Depending on the space available, everything can be spread out or close together. It is a fun way for children to learn and very simple for parents to put together. Give point values for each obstacle and have the child run through it multiple times to see if they can beat their score! Or set up a timer to see how fast the child can go without missing an educational question. There are so many options and variety in the obstacle course you create!
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These ideas make for great indoor activities when kids are bored and stuck inside! You can check out these simple indoor activity suggestions for kids to do for more ideas.
Do you have any other fun obstacle course ideas that could be added?