Tips for Creating an Obstacle Course

06 March 2020

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Obstacle courses are a fun learning activity for all students. They allow students to expend some extra energy while working on gross motor skills, practice following directions, and more. When creating an obstacle course for students with special needs there are some extra steps to consider so all students can participate and meet the objectives. Read the list below for some tips from on creating your obstacle course.

Choose Your Objectives
There are several lessons you can teach with an obstacle course or you could just be looking for a physical activity for your students. The obstacles you choose will depend on your objectives. If you want to teach your students teamwork, choose obstacles they can complete in groups or pairs. If they are working on following directions, you can use masking tape to create a maze and give them directions to follow. To work on gross motor skills, create obstacles that require a lot of large movements.

Limit the Number of Obstacles
If your students are not familiar with an obstacle course, you should start with only three or four simple obstacles. As your students master those, you can change them and add more.

Consider Alternate Locations
You may be able to push all of the furniture in your classroom toward the walls and clear a large space for your obstacle course. If your classroom is too small, ask if you can borrow the gym for a class period. If the weather is nice, consider creating your obstacle course outside.

Use Materials from Your Classroom
You don't need a lot of special equipment to create an obstacle course. There are numerous obstacles you can create with items in your classroom. Combine a couple of desks to create a tunnel through which your students can crawl. Set up chairs like traffic cones and have your students weave in and out of them. Put a line of tape on the floor and have your students stand on the line while throwing a ball into a box before they move forward. Put another line of tape on the floor and tell your students to walk on it like it's a balance beam. There are numerous obstacles you can create with items in your classroom.

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