Obstacle Courses: More than meets the eye
Before your baby’s first birthday, crawling and even walking will be the next big milestones to conquer. Help your child learn how to crawl around or step over things by creating a mini-obstacle course.
What You’ll Need:
Small blocks, cardboard boxes
Small round or square plastic containers, pails
Stuffed toys, pillows
Place a large blanket on the ground and scatter the items on it. Make sure each item is far enough apart so you and your child can step or crawl around it. If your child is crawling, show her how to crawl around the objects. If your child is learning to walk, hold her hands and help her step over each item.
This activity helps your child’s brain develop:
• Gross Motor Skills
• Lower-Body Strength
• Eye-Foot Coordination; This activity can also be modified for older children. Have them help set up the obstacle course. Let them use their imagination. Before you know it, there might be an epic obstacle fort or pirate ship overtaking your house.