What do you do when your child needs lots of movement and sensory input, but the weather doesn’t allow for a playground trip? An indoor obstacle course! Your course doesn’t have to be complicated or involve lots of equipment. We have even made one using only sidewalk chalk! They are a great way to incorporate proprioception into play.
This obstacle course (for my two year-old) starts with a tunnel, then jumping over the foam roller, bouncing on the trampoline then leaping over the scarf (loosely tied onto two chairs).
Some other great ideas for at home obstacle courses include:
-Hopscotch drawn with chalk or tape
-Mini trampoline jumps/spins
-Crawling under small tables
-Jumping from cushion to cushion on the floor
-Hopping over a roller or scarf
-Rolling like a log
-Walking on a “balance beam” (tape on the floor)
-Animal walks (snake, bear, crab)
-Beanbag target throw
Kids are great at adding on new obstacles once they have a basic course. It’s a great way to work on OT goals throughout the week. What are some obstacles you have made in your home?