Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Backyard Games for Kids


Backyard Obstacle Course
Backyard Obstacle Course

On your mark, get set, GO! See how fast you and your kids can make it through a Backyard Obstacle Course.

How to Make a Backyard Obstacle Course

What You'll Need:

  • Hula Hoops
  • Garden Hose
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Wading Pool
  • Apples
  • Garbage Bags
  • Soccer Ball
  • Stopwatch or Watch with Second Hand

Step One: To set up your course, look around the house for things you can use. You'll be surprised at what you can do with everyday objects.

Step Two: For example, set up a zig-zag row of hula hoops to hop through on one leg. Roll out the garden hose so it makes a winding path for you to jump back and forth over until you reach the next obstacle. How about a row of lawn chairs to crawl under without knocking any over?

Step Three: After you've squirmed through the lawn chairs, race around a full wading pool three times and bob for the apple.

Step Four: Next, have a garbage bag ready. Jump in feet first and hop to the next obstacle. Kick a soccer ball through a maze of lawn chairs set up around the yard.

Step Five: You can time how long it takes to go through your course. Then, challenge a friend to try the course!

Hit the Hoops is a backyard game that lets kids practice their aim. Learn how to make Hit the Hoops on the next page.

Looking for more outdoor fun? Try: