My Obstacle Course Kit Item #8: Beach Ball or Balloon

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #8: Beach Ball or Balloon

I chose a beach ball or balloon to build gross motor skills involving ball play because they can deflate and fit perfectly into a kit. They are also colorful, light and float in the air a bit longer than a regular playground type ball, making . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #8: Beach Ball or Balloon

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #7: A Writing Surface

Kit Item #7: A Writing Surface

There are many different writing surfaces out there that would be perfect to put into a kit. I love using things that can be used again and again to help Andrew build his handwriting skills. I have the following items in my own My Obstacle Course materials:

Magna-Doodles (I . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #7: A Writing Surface

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #6: Food Coloring

My Obstacle Kit Item #6: Food Coloring

When thinking about how to make activities fun in order to make building more challenging skills exciting, I thought back to teaching my “Colors” unit in kindergarten. The students loved experimenting and learning how different colors are made. I started using food coloring in My Obstacle Course station . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #6: Food Coloring

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #5: Droppers, Bulb Syringes and Turkey Basters

Droppers, Bulb Syringes and Turkey Basters

Dropper, Bulb Syringe and Turkey Baster

These items are great to have in a My Obstacle Course kit because they add fun and build hand muscles with hardly any set up – just add water and some bowls or cups and you are good to go!

They also . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #5: Droppers, Bulb Syringes and Turkey Basters

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #4: Tweezers or Tongs

Kit Item #4: Tweezers or Tongs

Tweezers or tongs (or even kiddie chopsticks like the ones I got from Sur La Table) are great for building muscles required for handwriting. Tweezers are something that almost everyone has at home which makes it even better, almost like getting a free tool! They also pair quite nicely . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #4: Tweezers or Tongs

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #3: Colored Puffs

Kit Item #3: Colored Puffs

Two sets of colored puff balls – regular and holiday

This is one of my most favorite My Obstacle Course purchases and I actually bought this package of multi-sized, multi-colored cotton puff balls at Michael’s for my first Obstacle Course with Andrew. They were great then and I am . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #3: Colored Puffs

My Obstacle Course Kit Item #1: Dice

I frequently get asked about what I would put into a My Obstacle Course kit to have some basic things to help build basic skills and I definitely have some favorite things and activities that require little if any set up at all. The next few posts will feature some of these. I have lots . . . → Read More: My Obstacle Course Kit Item #1: Dice

Learning Styles

With each of the My Obstacle Course station activities I share, I try to make sure that each one incorporates all of the learning styles:

visual

auditory

kinesthetic

This was drilled into me while studying education during college and it has stuck with me – thank goodness! I feel . . . → Read More: Learning Styles

Summer Themed My Obstacle Course Finds

I’ve had a lot of people inquire about where I get my materials and seasonal items. I visit stores like Target, Michael’s and Walgreens because they have a lot of kid-friendly items that aren’t super expensive. I plan ahead so when they begin putting out items for the next season or holiday, I check out . . . → Read More: Summer Themed My Obstacle Course Finds

Sample My Obstacle Course From Start To Finish

This is an outline of what I do when I set up My Obstacle Course for Andrew. This particular course is one we did a few years ago when he was 5 years old. I like to do 20 stations, which usually takes us about 45 minutes to an hour. Don’t panic at the number! . . . → Read More: Sample My Obstacle Course From Start To Finish