Ages: 18 months+
Ready, steady, go! An obstacle challenge gives children an opportunity to bend, squat, crawl, climb, change direction, reach, and more. All physical actions are great for muscular endurance, body and spatial awareness, coordination, brain development, self-regulation and numerous other developmental benefits.
Obstacle Challenge Ideas
Every obstacle challenge is different depending on what you have available in your home. Here are some ideas to start you off.
- Tape line on floor = Balance beam
- Pillows and couch cushions = Hurdles or stepping stones
- Open-ended cardboard boxes = Hidden tunnels
- Table/Chairs = Open tunnels
- Blue towels = Water
- Red towels = Lava
- Stuffed animals = Treasures
- Bins or baskets = A treasure chest to place small items
- Arrange the obstacles in as many combinations around the room.
- Be creative when setting up challenges. (i.e. balancing a bean bag on your head as you walk across the balance beam or picking up a ball as you enter a tunnel and dropping it in a basket when you exit)
- During play, feel free to explore new obstacle arrangements with your child to encourage participation and creativity.
- Pump up the excitement by adding music.
SAFETY FIRST – Always check the room to make sure sharp objects and harmful items are put away (i.e. cords from lamps, glass objects on tables, loose items that may fall or topple over, etc.).
Increase or decrease the complexity of the obstacle challenge to suit your child’s age and ability.
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