Indoor Obstacle Course

Children balancing through an obstacle course

This activity allows children and parents to use their creativity to design fun, new obstacle courses! Great for all ages. 

Set up

Set up an obstacle course with any objects and equipment you have around the house! This may include hoops, ladders, steps, ropes, chairs, cushions, masking tape and anything else that can challenge children’s skills. If you have enough space and equipment, set up multiple obstacle courses for children to explore more skills. 

When choosing equipment, keep in mind the variety of skills that children can work on, such as crawling, standing, rolling for young toddlers and babies, and balancing, jumping, hopping for older children. 

How to play
Step 1
  • Have your child complete their course by navigating through all of the obstacles
  • If you would like to, you can time themselves and then try and beat their best time
Step 2
  • Mix up the obstacle course, try new variations or ways of completing each obstacle, or introduce new challenges 
Variations
Make it easier
  • Keep the obstacles small and easy to complete (e.g., walking and crawling only)
Make it harder
  • Introduce harder obstacles that require more coordination and skill (e.g., “tightrope” walking along a line of tape)
Activity information
Age: 0-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-5 years, Kindergarten / Pre-school, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4
Participants: 1 +
Equipment: Buckets (optional), Cushions (optional), Hoops (optional), Speaker & music player (optional), Tape (optional), Chalk (optional)
Duration: 10 minutes
Skill focus
Explore these skills for teaching tips
Skill teaching

Whilst your child completes the obstacle course, demonstrate and practice the skill teaching cues. For example, try hopping;

  1. Quiet landings (bend ankles, knees and hips)
  2. Bend your leg to push off
  3. Head up and eyes forward (look towards where you are hopping)
  4. Swing & spring
Physical literacy tips
  • Encourage children top come up with new ways to complete the obstacle course
  • Let children be creative and build their own course
  • Introduce a cool story! We are pirates trying to find the treasure on a deserted island...
  • Make it groovy, add some music for children to enjoy