If you’re looking for fun camping themed activities for kids, this Happy Camper Obstacle Course is the perfect addition to your bag of tricks!
Our camping theme is one of our favorites at The Treehouse! There are so many fun and creative camping themed activities for kids that are great for promoting fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and more!
This Happy Camper Obstacle Course is no exception! Kids will love pretending to participate in all of the fun activities that you get to do at camp – from fishing to canoeing to riding a horse!
And the best part is that you won’t need any fancy supplies – you probably already have these materials on hand.
What You’ll Need:
-Plastic cones or other objects to use as obstacles
-A pool noodle or the cardboard center of a roll of wrapping paper
-A scooter board
-A stepping stone (or another raised surface)
-Small plastic rings (or other objects to use as your “fish”)
-A cone to stack up the plastic rings or a container for your “fish”
What to Do:
To see all of the steps of this obstacle course in action, check out the video here!
First, have kids ride on the pool noodle like a horse. Have them weave in and out of the cones or other obstacles.
Next, have them place their pool noodle on the floor as a “log”. Have them jump over the log and then bend to pick up their pool noodle.
Then, have them sit on the scooter (their “canoe”), using the pool noodle as a paddle to move toward the stepping stone.
Have the child step up onto the stepping stone or other raised surface. Scatter the plastic rings or other objects around the stepping stone on the floor. Have kids use their pool noodle as a fishing pole to scoot one of the plastic rings closer to them. When it’s close enough, they can bend – balancing carefully on the stepping stone so they don’t fall into the water – to pick it up.
Finally, have them place the plastic ring on a cone before going back to the beginning of the obstacle course to start again!
How to Change it Up:
-If you don’t have a pool noodle on hand, you can use the cardboard tube from a wrapping paper roll
-Use beanbags as fish to add a bit of weight, making the fish more challenging to reel in!
-If you don’t have a scooter, have kids sit inside a cardboard box or laundry basket. Instead of using their paddle, can they pull themselves forward hand over hand using a rope?
Check out more fun obstacle course ideas here!
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