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Day 259: More Obstacle Course Fun

After using chairs, tables, ropes, boxes, etc., to create an obstacle course, you can use it to teach your children simple directions like in, through, on, and more.

Start by having them jump from one scarf (or fabric scrap/towel) to another that you placed on the floor like stepping stones. Then, as they come to a large box that is open on both ends tell them to crawl IN the box and then go THROUGH the box . Have them walk ONor BETWEEN or BESIDE an S-shaped series of sturdy wood or plastic blocks. Then, you might have two chairs that are back-to-back and separated with a string or rope tied between them.

Have the kids limbo or crawl UNDER the rope. Let them climb OVER foot stools or ottomans, roll ACROSS the floor, and hop AROUND the couch. Ask them to walk ALONG a straight line made with masking tape on the floor with one foot in front of the other, like they are walking on a balance beam. Tell them to climb UP the stairs, and come back DOWN the stairs.

If you think they are ready, you can introduce the concepts of LEFT and RIGHT as well.

You can rearrange the obstacle course and try it again as many times as you like. Let the kids suggest ideas for making the obstacle course more challenging. Have fun!

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