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Summer Boredom Busters – Obstacle Courses

summer boredom busters

Welcome back for the final week of our Summer Boredom Buster series.  I hope you’ve had as much fun as we have this summer, although I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast!  Most of our friends in public school started school today and we are gearing up to start next week so it’s been a busy week.  I thought it would be fun to take a break and celebrate the end of summer with a little party so last week we invited a few families over and had a mini backyard party to mark the occasion.

If you had come over, it wouldn’t have looked much different than a regular afternoon playdate with our friends but by calling it our “end of the summer party” it made it seem all the more special to the kids.  Sometimes I forget how little it takes to make things special for them.  They really are so easy to please and the smallest things can mean so much to them.  This fall, I’m going to do my best to remember that instead of getting bogged down by the more mundane aspects of life.

Anyways, back to our party… water balloons and an obstacle course are two ways to guarantee fun.  Even if your kids are back in school already, celebrate getting through the first week over the weekend or have a backyard party just because.  You can invite some friends or just yourselves.  Either way, you and your kids are sure to have a wonderful time.

Water balloons can be a huge pain to put together, especially since kids go through them in record speed.  That’s why these are one of my new favorite things.  I saw an infomercial for them a few months ago and they seem to be in most drug stores and online.  Hands down, I personally think they are worth every penny.  The fill and tie automatically, saving you so much time.  The only downside is once they are used, you are done.  They don’t come with replacement balloons, although you can buy them separately.

Besides water balloons, M and J love a good obstacle course competition (even my husband likes to get in on the fun sometimes!).  Here are some ideas we’ve used to create our backyard obstacle courses.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired to make your own.

Score a goal – Kick the soccer ball into the net before moving on

Slides – It’s always a race to see who gets to the slide first (M and J have are both WAY too big for our kid slide but it doesn’t stop them from enjoying it anyways)

Jump – Have kids jump 5 or 10 times on the trampoline

Jump Rope – This is better for slightly older kids when they can jump rope a certain number of times

Ball Toss – Toss a small ball into a bin 10 feet away

Run– No obstacle course is complete without some running, set up cones or simply mark off the areas they need to run between

Hula Hoop – This is a favorite from my childhood and also fun to incorporate into an obstacle course.  If you have multiple, lie them down on the ground and have kids jump down the line as if they were tires.

Balance Beam – A plank of wood can instantly become a balance beam for kids to walk across

Water balloons – If you have any left, have kids use them to hit a target before moving on.

The possibilities are endless.  Look around your backyard and use what you already have.  The beauty of an obstacle course is there are no supplies needed – it can be as simple or complex as you want to make it.

Thanks so much for spending the summer with us!  I hope you’ll continue to stop by during the year – I can’t wait to share some of the stuff I have planned.  If you’ve missed any of our other Summer Boredom Busters, check them out below.

Week 1: Easy Bird Feeders

Week 2: Water Play – Pretend Dish Washing

Week 3: Chalk Towns

Week 4: Ice Excavations

Week 5: Cotton Ball Painting

Week 6: Homemade Popsicles

Week 7: Giant Bubbles

Week 8: Water Play – Washing the Car

Week 9: Sun melted Crayons

Week 10: Obstacle Course

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