Obstacle courses are not meant for just the great outdoors. Breeze through this article to know how to build a fun and challenging obstacle course indoors.

Indoor Obstacle Course

Life is all about overcoming obstacles. From the time a person is born into the world, it’s all about prevailing over obstacles. Obstacles in the form of learning to walk, in the form of learning to talk, in the form of preparing and doing extremely well in an exam, in the form or learning to play a game, and the list goes on. An obstacle course in a way can physically manage to represent the different kinds of challenges a person is bound to face in his lifetime. The next time you get an opportunity to see an obstacle course, make it a point to observe closely each and every element of the race. It may not surprise you that no two elements of the race are exactly the same. It is this variation present in each and every leg of an obstacle course that makes it so much fun. Contrary to popular belief, it really is not impossible to build an obstacle in the confines of your home, go ahead and find out how!

How To Build An Indoor Obstacle Course 

You Will Need
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Jump Rope
  • Laundry Basket
  • Hula Hoops
  • Pop-up Tunnel
  • Balls
  • Chairs 
  • You can start putting the obstacle course together by placing the jump rope on the floor or on the ground. The purpose of placing the jump rope on the ground is to make all participants in the obstacle course walk on it, just like participants in an outdoor obstacle course do on a balance beam. Although, on paper, walking on a jump rope that is laid out on the floor may seem easy, in reality it hardly is. Racers or participants in the obstacle course must walk on the jump rope without falling off onto the floor. The participants who achieve this can move on to the next stage.
  • For the next stage in the obstacle course, you can make use of the shoe boxes. Arrange them in a zigzag pattern or in a pattern that you know will be difficult for participants in the race to conquer. The participants will then have to jump over each and every box to move on to the next level in the obstacle course.
  • With the construction paper, create shapes of different colors and sizes. Place these shapes of different colors and sizes onto the ground and ask the participants to jump from shape to shape. To make it that much more challenging, make sure the spaces between shapes are varying in distance and direction. A crisscross pattern of arrangement can surely make for quite a challenge! 
  • Using the laundry basket create a ball toss challenge for the participants of the obstacle course. The goal of this step is to get every participant to throw at least three balls into the laundry basket.
  • This one makes for the most entertaining part of the obstacle course. In some way or the other, place hula hoops, three or so in a line and ask the participants to crawl through them. Alternatively, you can suspend the hula hoops and ask each participant to jump through them.
  • Once you are done with setting up hula hoops, you can incorporate a new challenge in the obstacle course by arranging chairs in a zigzag pattern and asking participants to jump over them or crawl under them.
  • For the last leg of the obstacle course, you can have a pop-up tunnel and then ask participants to get the better of it. If it’s impossible for you to get your hands on a pop-up tunnel, you can create your own tunnel, by covering a few well placed chairs with a large cloth.

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