Need to get your kids off the couch?
I have something for you this week that will not only keep kids active, but also will do a lot of good things to their brain, their memory and even sleeping habits.
It’s a sidewalk obstacle course.
Don’t worry. No need to look for pool noodles or other equipment. You already probably have everything you need for this activity.
Create Sidewalk Obstacle Course With Chalk
Good chalk and a sidewalk are only two things you will basically need for this obstacle course.
Make a start point and work your way around the sidewalk (or wherever you are making the obstacle course) by drawing different activities. Include many different tasks such as dancing, jumping, hopping, turning around, jumping on 1 foot, clapping, going backwards, etc. You could even include rocks or other objects and create a task around it. It’s a good idea to squeeze in some ”break” activities such as make a wish, give high five to the sky, say your name, empty your pockets, etc. It makes the obstacle course more fun.
If you need a plan or some inspiration you can download our Sidewalk Obstacle Course printable and follow it. Here is a printable for obstacle course. Use this as a starter and idea generator, but don’t let it keep you from creating your own very best obstacle course.
Why Obstacle Course?
I love obstacle courses mainly because it keeps kids moving AND playing, so they are always up for it. I try to encourage kids to create their own obstacle courses.
Did you know that kids aged 5-12 years should have a combination of moderate and vigorous activities for at least 60 minutes every day.
Keeping kids active is super important and obstacle course is a great way to do it. It can improve better sleeping habits, Help children develop friendships, increase confidence and happiness. It can also improve coordination and movement skills. It can reduce risk of unhealthy weight gain. It can improve concentration and it will reduce anxiety and stress for kids.
This is week 6 of our Weekend Camp at Home, where we try to occupy kids with fun and hopefully independent play activities on the weekends. So you can do your stuff. Want to join us? Come and join our Activity Camp Facebook group community with likeminded folks who want to create a fun and memorable childhood for their kids.