These fun obstacle course ideas are the perfect way to promote developmental skills while keeping kids engaged and interested!
You’re getting ready to set up an obstacle course for your kids at home, in your therapy room, or in the gym. You haul out the cones, slide the balance beam into place, stretch out your tunnel and then one of kids chimes in, “This again? We always do the same obstacle course.”
And just like that, all of your hopes and dreams for a fun, engaging game vanish right before your eyes. If this sounds familiar, it’s time for an obstacle course makeover!
One of our favorite activities at The Treehouse and in our school-based therapy sessions are obstacle courses. We love them, the kids love them, and they’re perfect for promoting a huge range of developmental skills from coordination to balance to strength and more!
And today, we’ve got lots of fun obstacle course ideas to spice up your old favorite obstacle course and make it new again!
10 Creative Obstacle Course Ideas for Kids
1 || Carrying An Object
Have kids carry a ball, toy, or other object through the obstacle course to increase the challenge. Make it a weighted object for more proprioceptive input and to build strength.
2 || Holding Hands
Make it a partner game! Assign partners and challenge kids to hold hands with their buddy without letting go as they move through each obstacle.
3 || Red Light, Green Light
This is a great way to work on impulse control, reaction time, and self-regulation. When you call out “green light!”, kids begin moving through the obstacles. Call out “red light!” and that’s their cue to freeze – even if they’re teetering on the edge of an obstacle!
4 || Animal Walks
5 || Speed Challenge
Can kids race against the clock as they make their way through the obstacle course, trying to achieve their fastest time? Or, can they try it in slow motion?
6 || Song Signal
Play music as kids move through the obstacles. Stop the music without warning and see if kids can freeze as soon as they hear it stop. Repeat!
7 || Take it Outside!
Using natural obstacles like logs to balance on, stones to step on, and branches to crawl under is a great way to breathe a little life into an obstacle course. Try our Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt for more ideas!
8 || Partner Carry
Have kids work as a team to carry an object (ball, balloon) as they make their way through the course.
9 || Lights Out!
10 || Super Simple DIY Obstacle Course
No supplies or equipment? No problem! Try out this awesome (and easy) obstacle course idea!
Other Fun Ideas to Add to Your Obstacle Course
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