It’s finally summertime, and the livin’ is easy. I really like to take my clients outdoors whenever possible during this time of the year. One of my favorite activities for my outdoor clients is creating an obstacle course. An obstacle course is an excellent way to work on motor planning, problem solving, bilateral coordination and sequential memory.
This activity works really well using playground equipment—other kids at the park will often join in the fun. Use the slides, climbing walls, monkey bars and swings to get your child in motion. Or you can create a DIY version in your own backyard. Be sure to include some running, jumping, climbing and balancing activities when creating your course. Get creative and use objects that you have on hand. A long piece of wood can double as a balance beam. Use a jump rope or garden hose as a makeshift “tightrope.” Throw water balloons at a target. Toss beanbags into a laundry basket. Crawl under a picnic table and over a small cooler. Use sidewalk chalk to draw hopscotch squares to jump through. Take a lap around the yard while pushing a big wheel, tricycle or pulling a wagon. Set up some cones or other objects for your child to weave through. Hula hoop! Or set up several hoops for your child to jump through. The possibilities are endless!