Make Your Own Backyard Obstacle Course

by Amy on July 19, 2010

backyard obstacle course

I am always looking for fun, creative ways to get moving with my kids. Since my girls were toddlers we have been making our own backyard obstacle courses. Our whole family can participate in gathering items, setting up the course, and testing our skills in a friendly family competition.

One of the greatest things about a homemade obstacle course is that you can use whatever items you have on hand. A stuffed animal slalom course? Sure! Hurdles made from rolled-up beach towels? Absolutely! As my girls get older, their creativity inspires more elaborate obstacle courses each time.

I’ve put together a fun create-your-own obstacle course menu – keep reading over at Simple Kids!


Love and Lollipops July 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

Hi there,

Love your obstacle course photo!This is such a terrific idea…I’m not sure why I have never done this before with my kids!

I have linked to you in my most recent post. I hope you will pop over.


Ke'Shauni Johnson July 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

I think I’ll just create my own

helen September 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

Thank you for reminding me of this fun activity! My 3 children (now all grown up!) used to love doing these obstacle courses all over our back garden!
Now I need lots of ideas for my Yr 1 class outdoor area and I have very little specialist equipment – but it will be fun for us to think creatively and use what we have around our classroom!

Amy July 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Just thought I’d let you know I included a link to your obstacle course on my personal blog. Such a cute idea! Thanks for the post!

Amy Senter

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