Let the Games Begin!

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

What You Need:

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


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).

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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