Building the Great Indoor Obstacle Course

You know what else you can bring indoors? A fun obstacle course!

Ours doesn’t need anything fancy and complicated, just a couple of the things you’ve already got in your house. Why haven’t you thought of these clever ideas before, you say? Because some of the best things in life can only be found in our blogs. (That’s a fact right there.)

So, clear out the room. Set the big furniture aside, and let the games begin!

Obstacle #1: Follow-the-Tape

Kick things off with some tape! Really, you’ll be dumbfounded by how simple rolls of tape can be so much fun.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 rolls of decorative tapes/ brightly colored tapes
  • scissors
  • Building the obstacle:
    1. Decide which direction inside the room you want the players to head to.
    2. Perpendicular to that direction, use the tape to mark a short line (about 12 inches) on the floor. This will be your starting line. Don’t worry if the floor is carpeted. Many colored tapes stick to the carpet without ruining it. If you’re not sure about this, test it out beforehand. Painters tape is also a great solution!
    3. Use the remaining tapes to create a very long zigzagging line on the floor, heading towards the direction that you’ve decided on. You can make this line shorter, depending on the size of the room you’re using.
    At the end of the zigzag, place a tape finish line.

    Playing the game:

  • Players must walk on the tape as if they’re walking on a tightrope, putting one foot in front of another and making sure their feet are as close to the tape as possible.
  • If a player’s feet stray away from the tape, he or she must to go back to the starting line and redo the walk.
  • Obstacle #2: Square Hopping

    Kids will just adore this crazy version of boring old hopscotch. It has the hopping down, and X still doesn’t mark any good spot.

    Here’s what you need:

  • 4-5 rolls of different kinds of decorative tapes
  • scissors
  • Building the game:
    1. Choose a direction you want the players to head to.
    2. Perpendicular to that, create a starting line with a tape.
    3. With one type of decorative/colored tape, make a square outline on the floor. It should be about 2-3 feet away from the starting line. The square should also be big enough for 2 kid-sized feet to fit inside. Again, if you’re uncomfortable with putting tape on the floor, test it out first.
    4. Following an imaginary wavy line that’s headed towards the direction you’ve chosen, make other squares from other different colored tapes, each one about 3 feet apart.
    5. On some squares, place large ‘Xs’ in the middle. Avoid putting X marked squares beside each other.
    When you’re satisfied with the number of squares on the floor, place a tape finish line after the last square.

    Playing the game:

  • Kids must hop from one square to another without touching the floor outside the each square’s border.
  • No hand must touch the floor.
  • They also have to avoid jumping on to squares with X marks.
  • Once a player has reached the final square, he or she has to jump over the finish line.
  • The player who breaks the rules must return to the starting line and redo the obstacle.
  • Obstacle #3: Confetti Cave

    You read it right. The great confetti cave can be found in the vast living room forest. Getting through it means certain doom for your young adventurers–doomed for having way too much fun.

    Here’s what you need:

  • crepe papers/colored papers
  • scissors
  • tape
  • 2–3 dining chairs
  • Building the obstacle:
    1. Cut long pieces of crepe paper or colored paper.
    2. Flip a dining room chair upside down, and using tape, stick the pieces of paper at the bottom of the seat. Completely cover that area to make it look like it’s raining confetti. If you can’t flip the chair, you can always stick the paper pieces while it’s standing up. Also, make sure that the chairs you’re about to use are safe with no sharp edges and no stretchers, the horizontal bars that join the chairs’ legs.
    3. Line up the chairs to form a tunnel that’s facing a specific direction.

    Playing the game:

  • Kids just crawl into the tunnel from one end to get out of the other.
  • Obstacle #4: Pit of Cuteness

    Get the furries involved in this wild obstacle ride! They’re soft and fluffy, so don’t blame your kids if they’d just dive right in the pit.

    Here’s what you need:

  • big and shallow plastic bin or an inflatable pool
  • bucket
  • stuffed animals (a lot of them)
  • little plastic balls
  • picture printouts
  • tape
  • Building the obstacle:
    1. Pour all the stuffed animals into the bin/ inflatable pool.
    2. Add in the plastic balls, and mix them up.
    3. Choose a different stuffed animal for each player.
    4. Print a picture of each chosen stuffed animal, and fold the printouts crosswise.
    5. Stick them to the floor right beside the bin/ inflatable pool. Lightly seal each one with a tape, so the flaps won’t open up and reveal the picture inside.
    6. Place the bucket near the bin/ inflatable pool.

    Playing the game:

  • Each player must open only ONE folded print out, and look for the stuffed animal in the picture.
  • When the stuffed animal has been found, the player must then put it in the bucket.
  • Players who will get the wrong animal have to go back to the bin to look for it again. You have to judge whether the stuffed animal that he or she selected is the right one.
  • Obstacle #5: Laser Beam Alley

    Okay, technically it’s a hallway, not an alley. But it sounds so much cooler that way. End your obstacle course with a bang with this Mission-Impossible-esque game that’s worthy of the big screen.

    Here’s what you need:

  • a ball of red yarn
  • tape
  • Building the obstacle:
    1. Stick yarn strings on the walls of your hallway. Make it look like the strings are the laser beams we usually see on top secret laboratories in movies, crisscrossed and random.
    2. If your home doesn’t have a hallway, you can place 2 columns of aligned chairs opposite each other, and attach the strings there.
    3. Do not put too much strings. Make the spaces between them big, so it will be a bit easier for the kids to nimble through.

    Playing the game:

  • Kids should pass through the ‘alley’ without touching the yarn with any part of their body, except the hair.
  • Players who break this rule must go back the starting line and do the obstacle again.
  • There you have it! This obstacle course can be great fun on rainy days when you’re stuck inside or for small parties with a handful of kids.

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