Karate Obstacle Course
At the Party:
- Collect a variety of large items to use for the obstacle course such as bean bags, tires, empty boxes and large toys.
- Avoid metal items or anything with rough edges so guests will not be hurt if they fall.
- A piece of lumber set on the ground can become a balance beam, and short bushes in your yard can be used as hurdles to jump over.
- Create a tunnel for the children to crawl through by cutting holes on two sides of a large cardboard box.
- Lay a yoga mat on the ground and have the guests somersault from one end to the other.
- Another idea is to hang a hula hoop from a tree and have the children throw a ball through the hoop before going to the next obstacle.
- For even more fun, you can tie a rope to a strong tree branch with a blue cloth on the ground below to create a vine over a river.
- Set a toy crocodile or tiger on the bank of the river, and have the children swing over the pretend water.
- Lay out the obstacles in your yard with some empty space between each one.
- Try to include items to step on, jump over, and run around.
- The course can be laid out in a straight line or in a curved design if that is a better fit in the available space.
- If you wish, make signs that say 'Start" and 'Finish" and place them at the beginning and end of the obstacle course.
- Explain to the children that speed and agility are important skills to develop in martial arts.
- This activity will let them practice these skills.
- Then send the guests one at a time through the obstacle course.
- They should move through the course as fast as they can!
- When everyone has had a turn, be ready to start again, because the kids will probably want to run the course several times!
- Older children may want you to time them as they go through the course.