How to Make the Ultimate Kid's Obstacle Course (With a Little Added Drama) by Jocelyn Greene

5 years ago

Whether you’re facing a rainy day indoors, an impending car trip or just a case of the wiggles, an obstacle course is a wonderful way to focus and release kids’ excess energy. Here are some tips that will help you take your course to the next level!

  • Use a narrative they love from a book or movie and have them do the course in character or even in costume. Drama is key here and you may have to play the "bad guy!"
  • Let your kids help with set up. Allowing kids to assist with mapping out the route helps them work on “planning” – a key executive function skill. It also helps them take ownership of the game.
  • Use a score or overture to add extra drama.
  • Record the course! Let kids draw a map or create a comic-strip style description of the course they made.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is so fun, Jocelyn Greene ! Thank you for the awesome idea and video!!
Mike Prochaska
I LOVE this!!! Kids need to move and move and move and move!!

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