Backyard Games for Kids

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!

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