This DIY Kids Obstacle Course Makes Getting Fit Fun

by Rebecca Green
I find kids fitness activities to be so much more successful (and fun!) when the entire family participates in an exercise activity together. Family fitness activities set a good healthy example for your kids while also helping you create great family memories. Our family loves completing family obstacle course races together. But, as I mention in my new book, Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You’ll Actually Enjoy, if we’re looking for something a little more low key or there’s just not a convenient race, we set up our own outdoor course using simple play items. 

First, take a look around your house and see what you might be able to use that you already have. Toy bins, skipping ropes, and sports cones are all good items. I also always love to use inexpensive pool noodles, which are lightweight and can be shaped and molded into all manner of fun obstacles using a little creativity, duct tape, and garden staples. Once you have all obstacle items pulled together, sketch out a course to follow. 

There are endless options to setting up your obstacle course. Keep in mind the ages of children you’re working with and make it challenging, but still fun! I set up our most recent obstacle course for six- and seven-year-olds as follows:
  1. To start, roll the pair of jumbo dice. If you get a total number under seven, do that number of jumping jacks. If you roll an eight or higher, advance under the starting arch. 
  2. Jump over the series of three arches, trying not to touch any with your feet. 
  3. At the end of the arch series, throw a water balloon through the target. 
  4. Circle back by zig-zagging through the orange cones. 
  5. Holding a pool noodle above your head, jump with both feet together through the series of hula hoops. 
  6. Run forward and then backpedal (run backwards) through the last series of staggered pool noodles. 
  7. End your course by running back under the starting arch! 

We ran the course with three kiddos and only stopped because we ran out of water balloons! 

When you are all done, make sure to include the kiddos in pickup. We always save all our course obstacles for re-use! 

Want other great ideas on how to keep you and  your family moving this summer? Keep reading these great stories here on Z Living:

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