Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

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My kids are totally addicted to WipeOut, American Ninja Warrior and American Gladiators.  They love the obstacle course type shows.  Their latest plea was for me to make them an obstacle course.  Naturally they had the most grandiose ideas possible but they were nonetheless quite pleased with the alternative that I designed.  This isn’t the end result but this is our starting point.  I have many other ideas to “add in” using only things we have on hand.  I didn’t want to do all the ideas at once – let them have some variations when they become bored. 

Everything from this obstacle course was at the dollar store.  I spent eighteen bucks on this version of the course.  But I have other items stowed away for future courses.  This course includes pool noodles (as is, cut lengthwise in half, multiple taped together shapes etc…), 6 plastic planting pots, and some foam flower shapes. 

This kept them very busy for a long time – Anthony needed (and let’s face it – wanted) to perform the course barefoot.  His feet with shoes on were too large for the run through circles.  Sephora could easily navigate her way through them with shoes on.  If larger kids were to frequent the course I would cut a noodle in thirds, add each section to one full noodle, then make into a circle.  Make them just a little larger.

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11 Responses

  1. You are a cool mom – my kids would love this!!

  2. Cate says:

    this is so dang fun and so very clever! love it!

  3. How fun! I think even my husband would want a few rounds in it! :)

  4. K Coake says:

    Looks so fun! Our family loves Wipeout. I’m sure this would go over well as well!

  5. Rita says:

    This looks so fun. I will have to try it with all the grand kids!

  6. This looks like so much fun! How creative! I’m featuring this on Wednesday. Thanks for linking up!

  7. AmieAnn says:

    Best use of pool noodles .. EVER! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  8. ScoutMom says:

    This is so awesome! What did you use to secure the half circles to the ground for them to crawl under?

  9. Athena Nagel says:

    To secure the tube tunnels I used a long long nail/spike. Basically put it halfway into the ground and put the other half into the pool noodle. It worked great.

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