Creating a Riding Toy Obstacle Course
It's easy to combine creative play with action when kids design their very own riding toy obstacle course. Kids will love this activity and they'll spend a long time doing it too, which parents love! To set-up the obstacle course your child will need a few handy supplies like sidewalk chalk, riding toy like a tricycle, bike or petal car, and some kids toys like building blocks, stuffed animals, balls and anything else he wants to use.
How to Start the Riding Toy Obstacle Course
Your job as parent is to encourage your child to create a cool obstacle course, but it's up to your child to come up with the course itself. Just explain that your child is to draw a riding path on the driveway using the sidewalk chart. This is the path he'll ride along when doing his obstacle course activities. He's to make the path wide enough for him to fit his ride-on toy between the lines and he should make it curvy and add spots along the way for stops.
How to Use Kids Toys for Activities Along the Obstacle Course
At the stopping points along the path your child should put a toy and come up with an activity to do with that toy. Examples are: Put building blocks in a pile and each time he rides by he's to slow down, grab a block and pile it on another block in a different spot with the goal of creating a 10 block high pile by the end of the ride. He can also put a stack of stuffed animals in one spot and he's to ride by, grab a stuffed animal and carry it to another spot and drop it inside a circle that he's drawn out of chalk. He can put tennis balls in a spot with a bucket in another spot. When he rides by the balls, he can grab one and carry it to the bucket and toss it in, he gets a point for every shot he makes. Give him a few ideas and then let him come up with the rest to spark his creativity.
Create Obstacle Spots
Since it is an obstacle course, your child should also create some spots with obstacles that he will need to steer around. He could draw a very curvy spot in the path and make a rule that he has to steer between the lines to earn points. He can put some kids toys on the ground and the goal would be that he has to steer around the toys without hitting any, like weaving in and out of 6 toys set about 2 feet apart. Let him be creative with the obstacles and he might just come up with some really cool ideas.
Assigning Points to Activities
Your child can do the obstacle course just for fun, or come up with points he can earn for accomplishing activities. If another friend or sibling is joining in the fun they can turn this obstacle course activity into a competition to see who can earn the most points. The winner gets bragging rights for the rest of the day!