Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tips and Tricks: Obstacle Course

In the age of pinteresting (can that be a verb?), I'm sure posting Tips and Tricks on an ordinary ole blog is quite pointless.  Who knows?  I've completely steered clear of pinterest.  Here's an easy idea for some serious family fun, requiring little to no prep and zero money spent.  I've posted about this idea before.  But because it is a family favorite around here, I decided to share again. 

And what's fun with two kids surely is MORE fun with six right?

So, here's an update to an old favorite...the Obstacle course.  Make your own stations, inside or outside and let the kids help come up with ideas for "obstacles" using things you find in the house or garage.

Here is ours from a windy February afternoon when there were six munchkins to entertain.

Everyone line up at the start

 And divide into teams of two for completing the course.  On your mark, get set...

 GOOOOOOO.  Down the hill on your riding toy of choice.

FIRST- complete the kick-ball challenge and work together to get the ball in the bucket.

Find number TWO where you and your partner have to scurry through the tunnel.

At number THREE, you will have worked up a sweat- stop for a water break, guarded by baby June and friends.

Watch out for the lava cracks at number FOUR.  Hop, skip and jump over the danger zones.

Then around and around you'll go when you navigate number FIVE- the balance beam around the flower bed. 

 Your almost there, but first you'll have to pull your partner along in Number SIX...the wagon ride.

YOU made it!!  The FINISH is a slam dunk for you!

Whew!  We worked up an appetite in our little challenge. The best part about putting your "course" in the front yard is you attract the attention of neighbors.  A great way to get to know those that live nearby!  Which in our case was a huge VICTORY because one of our favorite neighbors offered to take us to McDs for some post-obstacle-course celebrating! 

A fun afternoon indeed!  Try it at home and let us know about some of your favorite obstacles.

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