Let the Games Begin!

Set up an Olympian obstacle course with a few items you can find around the house.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Rearrange obstacles for variety, and separate the more difficult activities from each other.
  • Beach towels or blankets
  • Clothesline
  • Bucket
  • Cooler
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 hula hoops
  • Several sleeping bags
  • Five 2-liter plastic soda bottles
  • Sand
  • Jump ropes
  • Beach ball
  • Garden hose
  • 4 to 6 lawn chairs
  • Several tires or inner tubes
  • Sprinkler


+ enlarge image Make the tire hop more difficult by adding several more.

1. Inner Tube Hop. Lay inner tubes or tires in a pattern. Larger kids can jump from one to another with one foot; smaller kids should hop with both feet.

2. Hula Hoop Runaround. Arrange 3 hula hoops on the ground to run around.

3. Beach Towel Tent. Hang several beach towels or blankets over a clothesline to make a tent to run through.

4. Ice Cube Toss. Fill a cooler with ice cubes. Place a bucket 5 to 6 feet away. Olympians toss ice cubes from the cooler to the bucket until they get five in the bucket.

5. Sleeping Bag Tumble. Perform a somersault on a pile of rolled-out sleeping bags.

6. Bottle Slalom. Fill five 2-liter plastic soda bottles halfway with sand; place them 3 feet apart. Have contestants run around them, slalom style (weaving between them).

+ enlarge image Decide what size ball will be appropriate for the children when they play beach ball balance.

7. Beach Ball Balance. Lay a garden hose on the ground in a curvy shape. Contestant balances the beach ball with one hand while straddle-walking the hose.

8. Jump Rope. Jump the rope 10 times.

9. Lawn Chair Crawl. Situate a row of lawn chairs so Olympians can crawl under them.

10. Sprinkler Jump. The final refreshing obstacle: a jump over the water!

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