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FriDIY: Backyard Obstacle Course

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Are you and your kids ready to splash, run, crawl, jump and shoot? In honor of Backyard Games Week we decided to create an obstacle course at our HQs that you can recreate in your own backyard. This obstacle course is perfect for Memorial Day Weekend because it will keep toddlers and preschoolers busy during barbecues. All you need is seven materials and you’ll be done in six easy steps, so let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. Write “START” in chalk near your child’s water table.
  2. Place number stickers on the bottom of the water toys that are floating around in the activity table. When your toddlers pick up one of the water toys, ask them to flip it over to find a number. This number will be used at the end of the obstacle course. For this part of the activity, we made the numbers out of colored tape and put them on the bottom of rubber ducks.
  3. Create arrows to lead preschoolers and toddlers to the different parts of the obstacle course. We taped duct tape to the grass to create the arrows (this step is optional).
  4. Push two cattails or chopsticks into the ground parallel to one another 30 to 40 inches apart. Bend the pool noodles slightly and slide each side onto the sticks. Repeat this step until you have a noodle tunnel for kids to crawl through.
  5. With your leftover noodles, make a “ladder” to lie on the ground. Cut a pool noodle into three parts to create the bars and tape them to two longer parallel noodles. Kids can crawl the ladder after exiting the tunnel or they can get up and jump over the bars of the ladder like a game of hopscotch.
  6. Write “FINISH” near the basketball hoop. Remember the toy from the water table with the number on the bottom? Whichever number was on the toy is how many baskets little sports lovers should to try to make to finish the obstacle course.

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This backyard adventure encourages kids to spend time outside and benefits their minds and bodies. We hope you and your family have just as much fun creating this activity as you will have playing with it.

Have you ever created a backyard obstacle course? If so, we would love to hear your ideas and stories!

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the products featured in this blog post.

Getting Into Shape with Your Kids

Each year a common resolution is to lose weight.  Losing weight can be a difficult task when you are taking care of your kids every day (that is a full time job within itself!). A great way to get back into shape is by getting your kids involved and active as you do the same.

Here are some fun and energetic moves both you and your children can enjoy:

Dance party: Crank up the tunes and dance around the house. Whether you are cleaning or participating in play time- break out in random dance spurts with your kids and go with the flow of the music. Even get up and dance while there is a commercial on with catchy music.

Be a mirror: Try to show your kids some basic yoga or cardio moves by asking them to imitate you. Simple yoga moves like Warrior I and Happy Baby aren’t too strenuous for kids.

Set up an obstacle course: If you have enough room in your home, use your children’s toys and create an obstacle course that both you and your kids can use. Time each other as your race to through the obstacle course. Whoever wins get a prize!

Get out and play: Right now, it is very cold and snowy in some areas. In others areas, it may be bright and sunny. Either way, playing outside can burn some calories. If you live where temperatures are frigid right now, make a snowman and shovel the driveway with your kids. Make it fun and a friendly competition. See who can make the biggest snowmen or the most snowmen in fifteen minutes or see who can shovel the most snow off the driveway. For the places with sunshine and warm weather, wash the car together and dance while doing it. For an extra challenge, grab that stroller or wagon and jog as your children enjoy a joy ride.

Roll around, be silly, and do random workout moves with your kids. Any type of physical movement will help to lose those extra pounds.

So what are you waiting for? Get moving with your kids and have some fun with one of the most popular resolutions of them all.