Training Obstacle Course

Training Obstacle Course

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An obstacle course is a great way to keep your party guests active but focused at the same time. Below are suggestions for building your own outdoor obstacle course, but, don't be afraid to improvise with items you already own.

What You'll Need:

You can use found objects you already own or use our following suggestions:

  • Construction cones
  • Inflatable tires
  • A hula hoop
  • A football
  • A wooden plank (make sure you sand the edges)
  • A floor mat
  • A jump rope
  • A stop watch (optional)


Create an obstacle course for the children to run using the objects listed above. You can do this in your backyard or in a large flat grassy area. Make sure you mark the finish line with tape or cones. Here are some suggestions for how to set up the obstacles.
  1. Set the construction cones about one foot apart from each other in a long line. The children will have to run in a weaving fashion in and out of the cones.
  2. Set up the inflatable tires in three rows of two. The children will have to run through the tires one foot at a time until they run through all three rows.
  3. Hang a hula hoop from a tree and place a football on the ground about 20 feet away. The child will have to throw the football through the hoop.
  4. A wooden plank can be set on the ground or raised a little higher (for older children). The plank can act as a balance beam for the children to walk across.
  5. You can use a floor mat for a variety of obstacle course tasks. For instance, you can tell the children they must do five pushups, sit ups, or jump rope for 30 seconds while on the mat.
  6. Finally, the children can hop in a sack and race to the finish line!

At the Party:
  1. Show the children what they must do at each station of the obstacle course by running it yourself. For instance, weave around the cones, run through the tires, throw a football through the hoop, walk the plank, do five pushups and finally hop to the finish line in a sack.
  2. In order to complete the course correctly, they must do everything in the right order.
  3. If you'd like, you can set up two identical courses and have a relay race between two teams.
  4. Another option is to time each guest to see who can run the course the fastest.

Notes: The older the group of children, the harder the course can be. For a younger group, you may want to give the children the choice to only complete three out of five obstacles.