On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than to be outside for children. Nature has enormous benefits for all humans, but especially for children. There are so many colors, textures and interesting things that a kid can touch and explore.
So it’s understandable, if the boring-grey concrete doesn’t look so alluring. However, this boring-grey concrete can be transformed into a vibrant picture with the use of multi-colored chalks.
Many of us just think about it as a pencil, that we can draw with nice art in our backyard. But no, you can make the most of it, if you draw an obstacle course for your children. And if you can mix it with art, then it’s even more fun.
At the start, you can begin it with the well-known hopscotch, so they can warm up a little bit. You can separate the section with stars, so they know the levels.
2. JUMP FOOTPRINT TO FOOTPRINT
This is my personal favorite. It’s harder than it looks. Jump with both feet, footprint to footprint, while changing the direction each time. This is proceeded by arrows that change direction, which also offers a jumping challenge to both children and parents alike.
3. FOLLOW THE LINE
Children simply follow the line, offering them rest and reprieve from the harder levels of jumping that came before it. Also, you can make it more exciting by layering in some jumping jacks in between, especially if your children are teeming with energy.
For us, the little pool was kinda in the way, so I added a crocodile to the path. Don’t fall from the thin path, and also, don’t step on the crocodile’s tail.
5. HOP LIKE A BUNNY
Just jump over the obstacle like a bunny would. The monster-foot path was in our way, so we made it like we have to jump over that too.
6. ROLLING PEAS
You can make the course a little educational as well. Jump on the numbers in order, 1 through 10 and beyond. You can draw them a little closer to each other, so they have to think a little, which number is the next one to step on.
7. LONG JUMPS
Let’s see, how far you can jump. It’s good to see your distance, this way they can push their limit higher and higher over time. It also offers healthy competition in the case of multiple children in your family.
8. ARROW JUMPING
Just as before at the footprint to footprint part, you simply have to jump on the arrows, following their direction to turn your body as you go. You can make it a little more challenging by changing the path’s direction as well, or jumping over a “river”.
9. REST WALK
By now, they’re likely pretty tired, so you offer them a path of footprints where they can rest and walk towards the finish line. They can also stop and rest on these footprints for a while if they’re too tired to keep going.
10. ABC BUBBLES
Let’s not forget about the letters as well. Follow them in order. If you place them closer to each other, it makes it more challenging. Plus, you can also make them sing the ABC song as they go along. 🙂
11. LAVA LAND
And at the end, add a little adventure. Remember, don’t fall in the lava!
Finally, you’re at the finish line! Not only is the obstacle course finished, but your children are likely fairly exhausted by now too! They will certainly want to sit down.
If you don’t have a backyard with big concrete surfaces, color your driveway, or even the sidewalk in front of your home.