Winter Obstacle Course - Snow and Ice Theme

Thursday, January 19, 2012


With temperatures this week nearing 80 degrees F, it doesn't feel like winter at all.  I can forget about hoping for snow this winter season, but we can still enjoy winter sports with a twist.  I set up a Winter Obstacle Course for active fun and play.

Transfer snow wearing mittens.  Set out two bowls, a pair of mittens, and cottons balls.  Child moves cottons balls from one bowl to the other while wearing mittens.


Go skiing.  Use empty tissue boxes as skis and long sticks as poles.  Child slides feet along floor pretending to ski.  

Travel through an ice cave.   Make a tunnel using two rows of chairs and place a white or light colored sheet over the chairs.  Child crawls through the tunnel.


Pull a sled.  Help some imaginary friends get across the snow in their sled.  Use a laundry basket with a rope for child to pull the sled.  


Climb a snowy mountain.  Pile tons of pillows on top of each other and cover with a sheet.  Allow child to climb over the pillow mound.  By far, this was my daughter's favorite part of the obstacle course.  



This activity supports gross motor skills by working on climbing, sliding, and crawling.  An obstacle course is a fantastic way to get the kids some exercise indoors.  

This Winter Obstacle Course is one of many Snow and Ice Theme activities I am featuring throughout the month of January.  Here in Central Texas, the chances for real life experience with freezing weather conditions are rare.  I want to provide my daughter with fun experiences with the cold stuff even if we miss out on building a real snow man.  I hope you come back and check out more of our chilly fun.  

This post is linked up to the Tissue Box Challenge.  

32 comments:

Nicole Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What fun!

Terri Thompson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks like tons of fun!! Just pinned it so we can remember this the next time we're stuck inside b/c of bad weather!

Pip said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what great fun!! It has been very cold here in the UK but still no snow :-( Lots of frost and ice though!

maryanne @ mama smiles said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

LOVE this! What a fun, fun, fun way to stay active in the wintertime!

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Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Nicole!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for pinning, Terri! I hope you have fun with it.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What's up with the lack of snow this winter?! It's normal down here in TX, but not so normal more North. I hope you get some snow soon, PIp.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Maryanne! Definitely need to keep some tricks up our sleeves to keep the kids active on cold days.

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is such a cute and creative idea! Pinning this... :)

Joyce said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This really is creative and looks like so much fun. My little boy would LOVE this. I especially like the skiing. I'm pinning as well. Great job!

tricia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great idea! We're in the same boat without snow here- We could totally do this! I LOVE the kleenex box skis! I'm gonna pin that! :)

Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is awesome! My Boogie needs to run off energy before his nap and bed and this is awesome! We have been doing snow and ice themed activities too. I am a new follower on GFC. Thank you for sharing!

Lindsi B said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Creative and FUN! I am waiting for my kids to get up from a nap and then I might do something like this for them! Visiting from TGIF. I'd love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love this - we are in tank tops this week and not feeling the "winter" weather. This would be a great way to get in the mood! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment on our gardening post today!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for the pin!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yes, she is still playing with her tissue box skis. Thank you for the pin! I hope your son has fun with it.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The pin is much appreciated! Thank you!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I need to head on over to check out your snow and ice theme! And thank you so much for the follow!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How did you kids like it if you tried it? I am heading on over to check out your linky party.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yes, I was actually feeling hot outside the other day, and my daughter asked if it was spring.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi, I just found your blog and am your newest follower! This is such an awesome idea! My daughter would LOVE this, in fact, I'm pinning it now onto Winter Activities!! I'd LOVE for you to share this at my Thrifty Thursday linky party, where we share free or nearly free learning activities. This is PERFECT for it! Feel free to share a couple a week! http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/01/thrifty-thursday-7/

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a FUN clever idea!! I am sure your daughter had a BLAST! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
Beth =-)

Eddie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the action shots! Great ideas.


Stopping by from Fun Stuff Friday.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for the follow, Katie! I will definitely be linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Beth, Yes, it as a riot for her!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Eddie!

The Monko said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow what fun, i love the tissue box skis

crittersandcrayons said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Who's in the Top 9 today? YOU! Cool! Loved this post!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks like fun!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What adventure! We didn't get snow here this year. This would be our chance to still play in the snow.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a fun idea! I bet my 3 boys would love this!

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