A child needs to get enough exercise: physical and mental. Whether it is to improve his motor skills, or to get him thinking, an obstacle course works the best. And what's more is, the kids enjoy this activity tremendously. In this article, we will see some obstacle course games that can be used to give the kids a rigorous physical exercise and also test their mental abilities.
Using Obstacle Courses for Kids
You can use an obstacle course race to liven up a boring birthday party or also as a camp game. The more children that participate, the more fun this game is. First, let us understand the basics of an obstacle course. The point is to encourage the kids to get from one obstacle to another as fast as possible, overcome it, and reach the finish line.
This is also a symbolic representation of how their lives, as human beings, are going to be filled with obstacles, and how, the only way to reach your destination, is to learn to overcome them, rather than shy away from them. Here are some ideas that you can incorporate in your next party or camp.
- Begin with a healthy sandwich, a few steps into the race. The kids have to reach the sandwich, eat it completely, and then rush forward for the next obstacle.
- After the 'breakfast', let them have a dress-up table, where they must put on their school uniforms, shoes and socks.
....Place a pencil next to each blank paper. The kids have to copy-write the entire poem, as it is, neatly, with the appropriate punctuations, onto the blank piece, and then proceed to the next obstacle.
Make sure that each child who participates in the race completes each obstacle properly. If he does not, make him repeat it until he does it right or simply disqualify him. This will show them that there's no room for shortcuts in life. And that, even though it may seem like an easier way out, it often leads to more trouble than you can handle.
In this way, you can use this fun and educational method to enhance the physical agility and also, at the same time make them mentally prepared for obstacles.
In addition to the ideas mentioned here, you can also plan an indoor obstacle course, that can take the form of a treasure hunt. Divide a group into teams and have mind-boggling clues to get from one obstacle to another. The team that solves the clues first and reaches the treasure, wins it! Have fun!