Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to get your kids outside and active this summer? Look no further than garden obstacle courses! These outdoor toy adventures promote physical activity and help children develop motor skills while having a blast in their garden. Here is a great source to explain why these skills are important for children. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through designing and setting up your garden obstacle course using various outdoor toys. So, grab some sunscreen and get ready to create a fun and challenging adventure for your little ones!
Step 1: Select Your Toys
The first step in creating a garden obstacle course is selecting the toys you want to include. Think about what your child enjoys playing with and what will challenge them physically. You also need to ensure you select a range of different toys; this makes it more exciting and means you can switch it up more and make the most out of the obstacle course. Toys that challenge children’s fine and gross motor skills, such as hula hoops, cones, and balance beams, are great options; these especially promote balance and coordination. Jump ropes can help with both gross and fine motor skills, as well as cardiovascular health. A kid’s trampoline would also be great for an obstacle course, as each time, you can set them a new challenge, such as getting three balls into a basketball hoop whilst bouncing. Trampolines are also a great all-around toy in the garden, they come in many different sizes, such as 10ft trampolines, 8ft etc, so there is definitely one to fit every space. Finally, no obstacle course is complete without a set of cones or markers to help map out the course.
Step 2: Map Out Your Course
Once you have your toys selected, it’s time to map out your course. Choose a spot in your garden that has enough space to accommodate all the toys and create multiple challenges. You can then create a rough layout of the course, deciding where each obstacle will be located and how participants will move from one challenge to the next. By mapping out the course, you can ensure that it flows smoothly and safely and provides an appropriate level of challenge for the participants. It also helps to make any necessary adjustments, such as adjusting the size or placement of obstacles, to ensure that the course is balanced and fair for all participants. Start by laying out the cones or markers to create a boundary for the course. Then, place the toys in various positions around the course. Think about ways to make the challenges more difficult for older kids or easier for younger ones.
Step 3: Create Challenges
Now it’s time to create challenges using the toys you selected. Maybe you want to do a timed lap where the children can see who can complete the obstacle course quickly, or you could create 5 different levels and see who gets the highest level. To do this, you could give them the time they have to complete it, which gets shorter at every level, or you could add on requirements at each level they progress to. These could be things like having to stop and get a ball in a hoop or balance an egg on a spoon etc. You could even set up a balance beam challenge that requires your child to walk across while holding a ball. Or, create a hopscotch challenge using cones or chalk. Another idea is to create a jumping challenge using jump ropes or hula hoops. There are so many different ideas you can come up with; the key is to make the challenges fun and engaging, while also challenging your child to develop important motor skills.
Step 4: Consider the Weather
After the obstacle course is all set up, consider the weather, and step 4 involves tailoring the activities to the current conditions. For example, if it’s a hot and sunny day, you may want to include a task that involves getting wet or splashing in the water to help keep the kids cool. This could be achieved by having them crawl under a cold tap or jump through a sprinkler. On the other hand, if it’s a rainy day, you may need to adjust the course to ensure that the kids stay safe and avoid slipping on wet grass or mud. By taking the weather into account and tailoring the obstacle course accordingly, you can create a fun and safe experience that your kids will love. Additionally, by introducing weather-based challenges, you can help your kids better understand and appreciate the nuances of different types of weather and how to adapt to each one. The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild!
Step 5: Have Fun!
The most important part of any garden obstacle course is to have fun! Encourage your child to push themselves to complete the challenges, but also remind them that it’s okay to take breaks and have fun along the way. Cheer them on and have fun with them as they complete each challenge. And don’t forget to take pictures and videos of the fun memories you create together!
Garden obstacle courses are a fun and exciting way to get your kids outside and active this summer. By selecting the right toys and creating challenges that promote balance, coordination, and motor skills, you can help your child develop important physical abilities while having a blast in your own backyard. So, grab some outdoor toys, map out your course, and have fun creating an adventure that your child will remember for years to come!