An obstacle course is always appealing to kids and especially in the winter when outside play is limited.  This gives kids an opportunity to use large muscle groups and stretch.  For children who are physical learners, this activity will teach them best.  Consider playing music to add excitement to the event.

Give a list of tasks that must be completed and someone to check off the task when it accomplished.  If your space is limited or have few leaders, do five tasks then break to rest and reset the games for the next five. You can call the second half “The Challenge Round!”

As you design your obstacle course, keep in mind the ages, abilities, and number of children involved as well as the space you have. Make the course simple at first and change the stations as they’re mastered. If you like, time the kids to see who can complete the course fastest. Below are a few ideas to get you started. Ten stations is a good number for most kids.

Ideas to choose from:

1. Crawl under a string stretched between two chair legs after locating a key passage

2. Jump into and out of a Hula-hoop five times while naming the five books of Major Prophets

3. Walk on a balance board while reciting a Bible verse

4. Throw a beanbag into a laundry basket from three separate distances.  Each distance should require reciting a Bible verse to earn the bean bag

5. Run while balancing a beanbag on your head to put the index cards of Minor Prophets in the correct order

6. Locate a book of the Bible (3 different divisions). Name the books before and after the located book

7. Play a game of ring toss- Lay a chair on the floor and use the legs as targets.  Place a post-it note on each leg with a Bible skill challenge to be completed. (Name; Paul’s Letters, OT Key passage, NT Prophecy, Before and After Obadiah

8. Play one hole of newspaper or swim noodle golf- Name NT History

9. Ride a tricycle along a predetermined route- Name the Gospels before you can ride

10. Somersault from one point to another

11. Perform a handstand while reciting a Bible verse

12. Locate three Bible verses in the Bible using the beginning of the verse as a clue

13. Do twelve Jumping Jacks reciting the books of OT History

14. Crawl under or over a row of chairs after reciting a Bible verse

15. Smack the Bible verse words in order.  Write the verse on separate post-it notes and hang them scrambled on the wall

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