Obstacle courses are terrific for field days, phys ed class, summer camps, birthday parties, and so much more. These DIY obstacle courses for kids are easy enough for anyone to create. We’ve got indoor and outdoor options too. Get ready to show off your moves!
1. Pool Noodle Obstacle Course
We’re always amazed at all the ways you can use pool noodles outside of the pool. These inexpensive toys are usually available at the dollar store, and there are so many cool ideas for using them in obstacle courses for kids.
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2. DIY American Ninja Warrior Course
If kids can’t get enough of the hit show, they’ll love this course inspired by the ones they’ve seen top-notch athletes tackle on TV.
3. Dollar Store DIY Obstacle Course
In addition to pool noodles, you can pick up all sorts of inexpensive items at the dollar store to incorporate into obstacle courses for kids. Don’t be afraid to be creative!
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4. Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course
Sidewalk chalk obstacle courses don’t require any special equipment, and they’re perfect for a playground or neighborhood. Add your own creative elements to challenge kids, and don’t be surprised when passing adults join in too.
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5. Super Mario Obstacle Course
Video game fans, put down the controllers and jump into the action instead! This clever course lets kids feel like they’re living out their favorite game.
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6. Knight’s Jousting Course
Travel back to days of yore, and turn kids into knights as they take on this unique course idea. If you don’t want to sew your own hobby horses, just make paper heads to attach to broomsticks instead.
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7. DIY Water Obstacle Course
Every kid gets excited when you add water into the fun! Dash through sprinklers, jump into kiddie pools, and dodge water balloons to make your way to the end.
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8. Rainbow Obstacle Course for Kids
There’s something about bright colors that just makes kids want to get up and play. This is also a terrific way to learn the order of colors in the light spectrum.
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9. Don’t Ring the Bells Course
Kids will need to move quickly but carefully if they’re going to make it through this one! Attach jingle bells to a variety of obstacles, and challenge little ones to complete the course without making a sound.
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10. Nerf Obstacle Course
We love obstacle courses that include tasks to complete, like cups to stack or targets to hit. This one fits the bill perfectly.
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11. Snowy Obstacle Course for Kids
Winter doesn’t have to slow you down! In fact, snowy landscapes add their own special challenges to a good course.
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12. Spy Training Course
Head to spy training school and learn to wriggle, duck, slide, and maneuver with the best. You can build a course like this one indoors or out.
13. School Skills Obstacle Course
Getting ready to start school? Use this ingenious idea to teach kids skills they need to know, like hanging up backpacks, sharpening pencils, and more.
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14. Backyard Obstacle Course
Tip: Let kids design their own DIY obstacle courses for each other—they’ll love it! Lay them out on paper (or whiteboards) first, then build what you’ve envisioned.
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15. Masking Tape DIY Course
Grab some painter’s tape in different colors and plan out a fun movement adventure. Assign a different color of tape to each kid, then create paths that cross and separate, requiring them to really think about what they need to do next.
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16. DIY Maze Obstacle Course
Building a maze like this is fun, but if you add some obstacles around the various twists and turns, it gets even better!
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17. Indoor DIY Obstacle Course
Stuck at home on a rainy day? Use what you’ve already got to build a course for kids to conquer.
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18. Backyard Wipeout Course
This one is inspired by another popular TV show, and kids will adore getting the chance to take on similar challenges right at home.
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19. Going on a Bear Hunt Course
Read the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Then, stage your very own bear hunt for kids to join.
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20. Squirt Gun Obstacle Course
This combines a bit of a STEM challenge with obstacles. String a course throughout your yard with plastic cups attached. Kids have to use squirt guns to move the cups along—no touching with your hands!
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21. Apple Picking DIY Obstacle Course
This sweet little idea helps wee ones build their agility and motor skills. Simply attach red and green plastic balls to various locations along the course with packing tape. Kids “pick the apples” as they go along.
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22. Balancing Act Course
Everything gets trickier when two kids have to work together to complete a course. Whether they’re balancing along planks or trying to figure out how to go over or under an obstacle without dropping their plate, they’ll learn important lessons in teamwork.
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23. Follow the String Course
All you need is a ball of yarn to create a course that will keep kids busy for ages! Create a giant web for them to follow. The only rule is they can’t let go of the string.
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24. Alphabet DIY Obstacle Course
Sneak some learning into the active fun with this smart idea. You can add an alphabet aspect into any kind of course.
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25. DIY Mud Run Course
If you’re willing to get pretty messy, a mud run can be a real blast. Put on your oldest clothes and dive right in.
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26. Loose Parts DIY Obstacle Course
Provide kids with simple items like planks, logs, and more. Then let them design their own DIY obstacle course for others to take on.
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27. In TRAINing Obstacle Course
This mom designed a course inspired by the TV show Chuggington, which is all about trains. If your kids love it too, then this is a must-try.
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