activity indoor adventure

Indoor Adventure

Housebound? Take action with an inside obstacle course! Your preschooler’s creative thinking and large muscles will work together to tackle this challenging fun.

WATCH OUT!

Create a safe, open area with lots of room to play and practice large muscle skills. Avoid or better, move hard objects and sharp corners!

MATERIALS - click to buy

Use as many of these items as you have on hand:

  1. Pillows - Big enough for your child to roll around on. We like to use standard-sized, 13 by 17 inch, bed pillows like these found on Amazon. 
  2. An assortment of large- and medium-sized stacking blocks. We recommend large-size stacking blocks, about 12 by 6 by 3 inches, made of extra-thick, cardboard like these or this assorted set of boxes including medium blocks, which are 6 by 6 by 3 inches.
  3. Hula Hoops - You can find a kid-friendly sized example here.
  4. Masking tape or painter’s tape found here.
  5. Cardboard boxes - Large enough to crawl inside and over
  6. Blankets - Any size you prefer
HOW TO
  1. Skilly Spark: Ask your child to help you find your items. Now, look at all of these things we’ve gathered. What can we do with these pillows and blocks and ...? What shapes can you see? How do you think we can put them together? Once we’re done, we can play a game with what we’ve created, called an obstacle course. An obstacle is something that we have to get around, or over. Let’s do it together!
  2. In your open space, work together to arrange your obstacle course for:
    • Pillows to roll across
    • Hula hoops to jump in and out of 
    • Tape lines on the floor to run, walk, or crawl on
    • Boxes to climb in or over
    • Blankets to make a tunnel to crawl through
  3. Now start going through the obstacle course. Keep on going and if your little one’s interest wanes, rearrange the course and have another go.
  4. When it’s clear that your child is finished, then have fun putting everything away by calling out items one by one and returning them to their places.
Keep the fun going
  • Dress up your adventure! Add items like hats, scarves, or other accessories in your boxes or tunnels. Your child can put them on and see how it changes their course.
  • Play music and let it move you in silly ways as you go. If it was a fast song, try a slow one next and see how has it changed your course.
  • Join your preschooler and see how you do!