Racing along the rainbow

You might be thinking, “How on earth can you race on a rainbow?” Well, let me tell you how we cracked the code!

Following the long winters here, we always have plenty of motivation for ways to add to our time outdoors! Notice how I said “add to”? We love that we have such a large area for outdoor play and we believe in using what is naturally available for observation and exploration. But, we also don’t mind adding a few things of our own from time to time to enhance the overall learning experience! A few weeks ago, Mrs. Stewart put together this amazing rainbow inspired obstacle course!

Here is how we put this obstacle course together…

The beauty of obstacle courses is that you can make them using whatever materials you have available and you can also make them however you want! Don’t have logs to rest the pool noodles on? No problem! You can rest them on the ground in a line and they will function just the same. The parts for this are very simple and can be found at most local stores. The only tricky thing to find was the yard stakes we used to hold up the arched noodles. Add some cones, fluffy white pillows for clouds, a timer and you’re set!

Here is how the children ended up using the obstacle course…

At the beginning of our morning, we showed the children how to run through the “rainbow”. But, as most things go around here, they came up with their own way of doing things. Some children chose to run through the course alone, some chose to make it a race, some weaved instead of crawled, and some even chose to run through with Mrs. Stewart herself!

No matter how the children chose to run through our rainbow that morning, they all walked away with happy faces.


Read more on what you can do with outdoor obstacle courses here!

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By |2018-11-02T10:45:53+00:00June 12th, 2018|

About the Author:

Hi! I am Lauren Barkes. Currently, I am on staff with Deborah at the Teach Preschool Children's Studio. In The Children's Studio I teach class day to day and I also handle the administrative side of the school. I have been with Deborah in the classroom for about 5 years! I am currently in school to get my associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. I feel so honored to be apart of such a wonderful community in the early childhood field. I like to describe myself as a life long leaner, dreamer, and creator. I strive to continuously be building a life-long love for learning in my students!


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  2. Flyingkids June 18, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    What a cool idea! Looked like the kids had so much fun!

  3. Carrie Lowrance June 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    What a cool idea for an obstacle course! It is inexpensive to set up too, which is important if your daycare is on a limited budget. This would be great to do for something fun around St. Patrick’s Day.

  4. Danielle July 4, 2018 at 5:44 am - Reply

    If you can’t find stakes for the arc pool noodles you can use wooden dowels. They can be found in craft stores, go with a larger circumference one, as it will be sturdy. You can push or hammer it in the ground. Great activity, love the outdoor space you have!

    • Lauren Barkes July 5, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      Yes! I have heard others even say they used chopsticks! Whatever you have available works 🙂

  5. Mathew Wright December 20, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Hey Lauren, loved reading your article. Could agree with you more about the role of obstacle courses in the all-round development of children. These courses hone concentration and help increase problem-solving abilities. They are also known to increase muscle strength, develop cardiovascular endurance and boost confidence.

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