Variations on the Obstacle Course
With a traditional obstacle course for preschool children, students usually have their hands free to be able to use them for climbing and other activities. If your obstacle course is too easy, here are some twists you can add to make it more interesting for the children:
Ending with a countdown: End the obstacle course with a really fun activity like jumping on a trampoline, or swinging on a swing. When the child reaches the end of the course, the class counts down from 10 to 1 and the child jumps 10 times, or is swung by the teacher 10 times. This gets the class involved in what the other child is doing, and is also a good way to learn backward counting.
Lemon and spoon obstacle course: In this variation, the child has to balance a lemon on the spoon and hold it in their hand or mouth as they complete the obstacle course.
Water on a tray obstacle course: In this variation the child has to balance a plastic glass of water kept on a tray, and carry it through the obstacle course without dropping the water.
Crawling obstacle course: In this variation, the child is not allowed to stand, but needs to crawl through the entire obstacle course. You can also tie the feet together to make it even harder.
Timed obstacle course: In this variation, the child is given a specific amount of time to complete the obstacle course. You can use a timer with an alarm for this. Another alternative is to get the rest of the class to count till 30 or 20 depending on how much time you want to give the child.
Here's a fire safety variation to the obstacle course you can read about.