Obstacle courses provide an excellent opportunity for engagement with the physical body in a variety of ways. They can be done inside or outside and require minimal preparation.
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An obstacle course can be as simple as guiding your child around the yard in challenging ways- “Hop from that log to this bush on one leg.” “Walk heel to toe across the log with your arms outstretched.” “Duck under that branch and then hop over the stick.” “Come to me, but only take two big steps.” Have them build it for themselves or a sibling and have them show it to you when they’re done.
An indoor obstacle course might have to be built with pillows and toys and could look a little different- “Make your way through the kitchen, but don’t step on any of the cracks between the tiles.” “Hop as high as you can from this pillow to the next.” “Make your way through this web of strings without touching them.” “Take three summersaults to reach the couch.” Again, have them design it like above.
Young children love to imitate animals. “Can you crawl like a puppy/kitty?” “Can you slither like a snake?” Can you walk like a crab?”