Are you tired of Coronavirus posts? I am, but it didn’t seem to make much sense to post a blog about taking your spouse on a date or taking your kids somewhere when we’ve been asked to “social distance.” Speaking of social distancing, I’m predicting right now that at the end of 2020, it will be the “phrase of the year.”
Since you are stuck inside, how about a Family Obstacle Course? We made one this week and it ended up being a lot of fun. Each person took a room to set up totally on their own. Then once all four rooms were ready, we strung them together into one big obstacle course. If you wanted to get competitive, you could time each other, or you could do it more than once and try to beat your own time. We just did it for fun. The win was that when everyone had completed the course, both girls wanted to do it again!
Get creative. Use things all around your house to make it fun. You don’t want to recreate ours, but I’ll show it to you for inspiration. Also, whenever a person was blindfolded, there was a person coaching them through the obstacles.
Room 1 – Emerson
You started blindfolded on her bed and you had to crawl under one string and pick up the giant teddy bear. While holding the bear you had to step over the other string and then toss the bear to the side. The you had to find five bells and put them in a cup. Then you had to transfer the cup full of bells into another cup. From there you left her room and headed down the hallway to Raley’s room
Room 2 – Raley
In this room you had to go under a string, over a string, under a string, and then over three strings. After touching the wall, you had to work your way back through the room the same way you came in. Then you went down the hallway to the living room.
Room 3 – Living Room (Amanda)
You had to put on a Christmas elf hat and crawl under a string to a stack of letters (Xs and Os). Still blindfolded you had to pull three X’s to the side and then move to the couch. Once you got to the couch you had to find a balloon, blow it up, tie it, and then get to the end table. There were pins on the end table and you had to pop your balloon. After that you made your way to the back door where there was a pillow you had to jump over.
Room 4 – Backyard (Brett)
So, it isn’t a room, but you get the point. Now you could take the blindfold off. You had to go past the hammock, but you got to choose if you went over it or under it. That was followed by a front somersault. After getting up you hopped over all four pillows and run to the fence. As you are getting to the fence a football is being thrown and you must turn and catch it quickly!
There it is . . . the first annual Home Obstacle Course (and if my front somersault shoulder injury has anything to say about it, it will be the last Home Obstacle Course)