Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Create...An Obstacle Course

This afternoon the boys helped me create an obstacle course in our backyard and we had tons of fun running through it and getting some good old-fashioned exercise/fun.

The first step was the boys' favorite, running through the hose (done boot-camp-tire-run style):

The next step was ten jumping jacks. I don't have any pictures of that because it is impossible to take someone's picture while you are doing a jumping jack.

Next was a run to the fence and back with someone pushing the play lawnmower:
Next, we dribbled a ball soccer-style longways across the yard.

When we got to the other side, we jumped side to side over these pool noodles:
Next, we had to hit a ball off the tee (and run and retrieve it):
In this pic, J also knocked the tee out of the shot :).

Finally, we had to kick/dribble the beach balls longways across the yard to the fence (and back if you were me and getting the course ready for another round).

N only completed the course once before he lost interest and began hitting things with his plastic bat. He did eventually return to do the hose portion a bunch of times.

J stuck with it and completed the course with me multiple times.

It was a lot of fun. We plan to do it again later this week and J promised to help me come up with some more obstacles.

Very fun! Yay! It was a happy mommy moment. Can't wait to repeat.


Lucy said...

I may have to steal this idea from you, if you don't mind. I love it! I saw your earlier post about incorporating exercise as a family, something I try to do everyday too. Frances, George and I go on "bear hunts" a lot (based on that book/poem "Going on a Bear Hunt"), but they are a bit younger than your boys so that may be beyond their interest. I also am adament that they get some physical exercise every day, whether it's at the playground (indoor or out), running around Lowes (for some reason, they both love this and can spend 45 minutes or more dashing up and down the aisles) or playing with friends, family or dogs. It completely wears me out, but I suppose that's a good thing, too!

Thanks also for your comments on my blog - I am so honored when I know people are actually reading it. I am hoping Frances's sleep issues are just a phase...I'll keep you posted!

Anonymous said...

I love this!