Category: Outdoor Games

Outdoor Obstacle Course

Here is a great idea on how to make a Do It Yourself Obstacle Course. You don’t need to do it exactly the way I did it. You can get creative with some of items around your house. I purchased all of my items from the Dollarama and the slide I already had in my backyard. What I love about the pool noodles is that you can reuse the arcs as a ball hockey or soccer net. You can also change the order of your obstacle course each time you put them out.

*Outdoor Obstacle Course

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*What You’ll Need
2 Balls (the non-licensed ones are cheaper)
6 Hula Hoops (the smallest ones are $1)
5 Pool Noodles ($2 each at Dollarama)
1 Full Roll of Duct Tape (Dollarama)
2 Packs of Large Tent Pegs ($1 each at the Dollarama)

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Instructions
Put out 5 of the rings
Put the first hoop down. Then two hoops under it and another two hoops under that. Make sure they are touching each other.

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How to create a double balance beam
Cut a pool noodle in half with a bread knife.
Take the half of pool noodle and cut it length wise so you end up with two long pieces. Put the two halves next to each other and lay them flat on the grass. Take two tent pegs. Put one peg on the front of each noodle. Push the peg into the ground to keep it on place.

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How To Create An Arc
Place two peg ends (not the sharp side) SOFTLY on the bottom of each side of the noodle.
Place the first end into the ground (NOTE: Hold the noodle up and push the peg inside the grass. The peg should only be halfway in the noodle or else it will get stuck inside and it will be a pain)
Repeat with the other side.
You can create as many as you want.
Little Toddlers can crawl under them and bigger kids can jump over them.

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How to create a ball through the hoop
Take one pool noodle and cut it in half across the middle, so you are left with two pieces.
Put a hula hoop in between them and use duct tape to secure the hoop to the noodles.
Place the first end into the ground (NOTE: Hold the noodle up and push the peg inside the grass. The peg should only be halfway in the noodle or else it will get stuck inside and it will be a pain).
Repeat with the other side.
Take a ball and toss it through the hole.

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How to create a ring toss
Take one pool noodle and cut it in half across the middle, so you are left with two pieces.
Take one noodle and bend it to make a circle. Use duct tape to tape the two ends together.
Put a peg in the ground.
Throw the ring over the peg.

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A Good Ending
We used a slide that we had in our backyard for the end of the course.
Other ideas you can use are:
A slip and slide
A baby pool filled with water to jump in
A baby pool filled with cut up pool noodles or balls to jump in
A bucket of water to pour on themselves.
You get creative!!!
My kids kept running through the course at their own pace. With older kids, you could use a stop watch and time them to see how fast they can go.

 

Below are pictures of my kids enjoying the Obstacle Course. My niece joined in too but she was camera shy :)

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Bubble Snakes (Outdoor Activity)

With the weather starting to get nice, I thought I would post a fun activity you can do in your yard with your kids. I found these bubble snakes all over Pintrest and I thought they looked so cool. My kids and I made them and they had a lot of fun.
I just want to give you a few tips before you make these. If you choose to use food colouring, I don’t recommend letting the kids handle it because it stains. If you have little ones, try to show them not to breathe in when blowing the bubbles. My 2 year old was fine but my 4 year old got a nice mouth full of soap.

*Bubble Snakes

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What You’ll Need (per snake)
An empty water bottle
An old adult sock
Duct tape
Scissors
Dish Soap
Food Colouring (Optional)

Instructions
Cut off the bottom of the water bottle

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Put the sock over the bottom of bottle
Tape the sock tightly to the bottle with the duct tape.

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Take a bowl and put about 5 pumps of soap in it and add a small amount of water. Mix it around and take it outside.

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Dip your bottom part of the bottle in the soapy mix and blow out the top of the bottle.
To add colours, put 2 drops of food colouring on the bottom of the sock, have them dip the bottle and blow coloured bubbles.

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