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ABC’s Obstacle Course

Obstacle courses are great gross motor activities for preschool aged children. To create an obstacle course, simply sequence 5-8 movement activities together. If you have access to a gym, spread the activities around the perimeter with about 15’ between each activity. No gym? No problem! You can use a classroom, living room, or hallway. Several of the ABC’s of Movement® activity cards work well in obstacle courses. The letters U (Under the Wire Crawl), W (Walrus Walk), C (Crab Walk), and B (Bear Crawl) require strength and endurance. Most young children can only move their bodies short distances while performing these movements. When incorporated into an obstacle course, they will find more success moving 15’ per movement activity rather than all the way across a gym. In addition to the letters U, W, C, and B, other movement activities may include jumping in/out of hula-hoops, crawling through a tunnel, log rolling, and walking on uneven surfaces. The possibilities are endless when creating obstacle courses for young children. Learning objectives include the gross-motor skill enhancement of body awareness, directionality, and strength.

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