This was an awesome activity for me to get my husband involved. I asked him to set up an obstacle course for Reagan while she napped and he took that job to a whole other level! I would have never created such an elaborate course, and it was cool to see him get excited about learning activities with Reagan.
Our Off the Beaten Path activity is a fun way to get your Lil’ moving. This activity will help them with their gross motor skills, following directions and practicing the meaning of the words “over,” “under,” and “top.”
Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills:
Speaking and Listening
- Follow two-step directions
- Use locomotor skills with balance in a variety of directions
- Use locomotor skills with coordination in a variety of directions
- Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance and coordination (Stand on tip toes and raise your arms)
- Use vocabulary such as first, last, near, far, over, under, top, bottom, front, back
Lil’ Creators Focus Skills
Speaking and Listening
- Follow three-step directions
- Use locomotor skills with balance in a variety of directions and changing directions during active play
- Use locomotor skills with coordination in a variety of directions and changing directions during active play
- Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance, coordination, and control (twist and bend)
- Use vocabulary such as first, second, third, last, near, far, over, under, top, bottom, front, back
You are going to create an obstacle course for your child based on the objects you have at home. Below is an example obstacle course and some suggestions for you to use. Focus on using terms like over, under, and top.
- Jump over each pillow.
- Run to the blanket
- Roll on top of the blanket
- Tip Toe to the furthest chair
- Crawl under the chair
- Skip around the table
- Stand on one foot
- Army crawl under the table
- Run back to starting line
Once you have built your own obstacle course, give your child the directions orally. Start by describing one obstacle at a time. As they improve, give them two obstacles to do at a time.
Here are some other ideas you could incorporate:
- Hop over
- Climb to the top
- Climb over
- Crab walk under
- Slide under
- Slide on top of
We hope you enjoy this activity and are totally looking forward to you sharing your awesome obstacle courses!