The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Inside: Stuck and home and need a way to keep your kids active in the backyard? Set up this fun and simple backyard obstacle course that big kids will love and toddlers can also participate in.

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The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Setting up a backyard obstacle course is much much easier to set up than you think and after reading this post you will definitely come up with more ideas using what you have at home to create a fun obstacle course for your kids.

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How to Create a Backyard Obstacle Course Kids Will Love

To create a great course you need to have a few elements:

  • jumping
  • hopping
  • crawling
  • throwing
  • riding
  • balancing
  • sliding
  • bowling
  • zig zagging
  • tossing

A few key supplies that we included in our course include:

  • Cardboard box
  • Skipping rope
  • Toddler slide
  • Hula hoops
  • Bicycles
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bowling set
  • Ball Pit Balls
  • Basket
  • Storage Bin
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Basketball net
  • Balls
  • Buckets

Painter’s Tape Start

I used painter’s tape to create the start of the course as well as a few of the obstacles. It worked so well on the grass that I will definitely be using it again.

Slide

Next step – slide! Oh so easy it was almost criminal! but the perfect way to start the course.

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids
The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Hula Hoop Hop

I then grabbed all the hula hoops that I had – two – and created the second obstacle.

Tight Rope Walker

For the next section, I used a skipping rope to create a balance beam.

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Ball Toss Challenge

The next section was a ball toss challenge. I grabbed a bunch of our ball pit balls and a storage bin. The Challenge: you have to toss one ball into the bin before you can move on.

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Cardboard Box Tunnel

This was the best part of the obstacle course. I took a large cardboard box and opened the bottom. I then taped the ends together to make the tunnel. Then only thing is that it doesn’t stay up without support. So I placed a few patio chairs on either sides to help keep it up. It worked like a charm.

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids
The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Bucket Weave

I used a few large buckets to create a zig zag obstacle.

Bike Ride

In this section they had to grab their bikes and ride up the side of our deck and back. A short distance but a lot of fun.

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Backyard Bowling Challenge Obstacle Course

The next part of the course was a bowling challenge. Once they come back from their short ride they had to safely put away their bike and then pick up a ball and knock down as many pins as they could. I used a big ball so knocking them down was pretty easy!

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids
The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Zig Zag Walk

Next, I used painter’s tape to create a zig zag balance line.

Cowboy/Cowgirl Walk

Next, I used painter’s tape to create two straight lines on the grass. Here they had to walk along the lines like a cowgirl or cowboy. Legs wide and low!

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

NBA Stars

Hop the Lines

The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids
The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

This was such a hit, we will definitely be doing it again this summer, probably adding water.

Once they were done the course, they did it all over again in the opposite direction! They played with this for the rest of the afternoon so all my efforts were well worth it!

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