6 Elements to Create an Indoor Obstacle Course Using Everyday Items Around the House

6 Elements to Create an Indoor Obstacle Course Using Everyday Items Around the House

Do you ever have those days in the dead of Summer/Winter where the kids just need to run but Mother Nature isn’t cooperating and the kids are stuck inside for the umpteenth day? I have a solution!

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s time to create a fun indoor obstacle course!

Here is a great way to create an indoor obstacle course to keep those kids moving and engaged. 

After a few tries, I found the perfect combination of elements for a course that keeps them actively engaged. 

There are 6 elements that I found you need for an engaging course.

  1. Go-up/over
  2. Go-thru/under
  3. Maneuver Stop
  4. Educational Stop
  5. Exercise Cards (optional)
  6. Ring the Bell!


A pink fabric kids tunnel, a red slide with a word puzzle and toy turtle on top of the slide. Next to that is an inflatable ball pit and two inclined foam climbing toys.

  1. Go-Up/Over: Create an incline-decline with pillows or couch cushions.  We have the foam climbing blocks so I used those at the start.  I created an incline-decline with the wedges
  2. Go-Thru/Under: We used a tunnel (we got this at our local Goodwill) always good for crawling through. Warning! Moms and Dads, if you go through the tunnel, your abs are going to get a work-out too!  Alternative option: cover chairs with a towel or sheets and have them crawl underneath them.
  3. Maneuver Stop: I set up a slide to go straight into the ball pit for a bit of extra fun. Going down slides is a favorite for my little one so it was a must for our obstacle course.  Alternative option: Find a movable toy (toy car or rideable car) that they push or pull and create a short course for them to maneuver themselves through or the car. 
  4. Educational Stop: We used a puzzle that was a little challenging but also exciting with fun bright pictures! If using a worksheet with math equations or spelling/reading exercises make copies so that they can do it over and over and get practice if they are difficult. 
  5. Exercise Cards: At this point kids pull a card and depending on the age have to complete the exercise on the card. The number of times or how long they should do the exercise is based on age.
  6. Ring the Bell!: For this you want to set out a bell/horn/drum or a toy to grab to signal they have completed the course. Our Ring the Bell! Stop was grabbing small animal toys set in-between the blinds of the window at the end of the course.


Indoor obstacle course. Looking down a fabric tunnel. After that is a blue and red slide into a inflatable ball pit


Use more than one of each of the options and have an obstacle course that winds through the whole house! 

Indoor obstacle courses help keep kiddos active and moving when the outdoor elements are proving too challenging.

The additional educational stop can help them practice a skill they might be struggling with.  Is there something your kids need practice doing? Reading, math, science, or spelling?  Search age appropriate worksheets to use at the end of the course.  

Have older kids?  Show them one time how to make the course then ask them to design an obstacle course for the parents. Have a race and see who wins; the kids or the parents?

Here is a FREE download of Exercise cards.  Print, cut and put them in a hat/bowl or lay them on the ground to add another way to burn off those indoor blues.

Tell me how your obstacle course went.  Did you win the races with your kiddos?


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