My kids are totally addicted to American Ninja Warrior and American Gladiators. They love the obstacle course type shows. Every year we look forward to pool noodle sales at our local Dollar Tree – then we stock up for all our warm weather fun. Over the years we have made so many different variations and you can too! Just use your imagination and there is no way to do it “wrong”. Just have fun with it.
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 and we end up with a full summer of all sorts of fund with many different courses.
Everything from this obstacle course was at Dollar Tree. 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.
We even create an alternative course up at the campground and so many friends have the opportunity to join in the fun.