Learning Tasks

Obstacle Course

Indoor and outdoor obstacle courses.

Learning Goals

  • Following a physical course
  • Using a variety of physical movements such as: running, walking, jumping to move through obstacles

Curriculum Connection

Participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities, and demonstrate an understanding of how physical activity can be incorporated into their daily lives.

Health and Physical Education –
Active Living


  • Timer (optional)
  • Tape for Start and Finish Lines
  • A variety of obstacles based on availability and location, such as:
    • Kitchen or living room furniture
    • Pillows & Cushions
    • Blankets
    • Hula hoops
    • Ropes
    • Balls
    • Pool noodles
    • Cut out Circles
    • Skipping ropes
    • Old tires


  • Set up materials indoors/outdoors into an obstacle course.
  • Demonstrate with the learner how to run or walk the course.
  • Show the start and finish line.
  • Practice maneuvering the course a few times before incorporating a timer.

Add or take away elements depending on the student.

Verbal Prompts

Let’s practice going through an obstacle course!

First, let’s walk around the obstacle course to see how it is set up.
Next, watch me walk through the obstacle course as I practice.
Now, your turn to walk through the course to practice.
Then, now let’s give it a try! I will count to 3 and you will start…ready, 1, 2, 3, go!
Are you ready for me to time you?
Can you do it again and beat your time?

Great job!
You completed the obstacle course

Then, let’s clean up and put everything away.

Check your schedule.