Set up a chalk obstacle course for your kids with these fun and simple activities.
I love to have activity ideas in my back-pocket for those days when my kids get tired of entertaining themselves.
If these activities are easy to set up and hold my kids attention, then it is a solid win for everyone.
I have three active kids. Active is an understatement. Sleeping seems unnecessary to my kids who are both night-owls and early risers mixed into to one. They prefer jumping and flipping around to sitting.
Although I love their spunk and energy, it can be quite exhausting to keep up with them on a daily basis.
This simple activity takes minute to set up, and will keep them actively entertained for long periods of time.
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Chalk Obstacle Courses
Chalk obstacle courses are like hopscotch on steroids. They will keep your kids engaged and active, and they couldn’t be easier to set up.
What You Need:
- Hard surface
- Active Kids
Use your own creativity and keep in mind the age of your children while you are setting up your course.
First, set up 3 different wings of the course.
To keep your kids interested, each wing should be a different theme. Some examples of themes you can use include:
- Exercise and agility
- Alphabet or math
- Silly activities
For the exercise wing, include quick workouts for your kids. Such as:
- Do 5 push-ups
- Do 10 jumping jacks
- Do 5 burpees
- Jumping from circle to circle
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Depending on your kids age and abilities, set up math or reading obstacles.
For example, for my 4 year old, I set up the letters A through Z and he had to follow around in order. For my elementary age kids, I had math problems that they had to answer before moving on to the next section.
This was my children’s favorite part.
Some examples include:
- Crawl like a baby
- Walk like a penguin
- Hop on one foot
Lastly, at the end of each course, write in chalk to “Go to [another section]” to keep the cycle going.
How to Play
To add an extra element to this, I had the kids start by throwing a rock at 3 targets. Whichever target they were closest to indicated what wing of the course they started on.
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After they had a starting point, they were ready to follow along!
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Final Thoughts on Chalk Obstacle Course
Chalk obstacle courses are easy to set up, practically free, and an engaging activity for kids.
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