EYLF Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency. 

Preschool Literacy Indicator: I use language to connect with my world.

Preschool Numeracy Indicator: I explore and understand my place and space in the world

Inquiry Question

How can I develop confidence and skills through physical activities?

Learning Experience

An obstacle course is a great way for children to develop gross motor skills and can be constructed for both indoors and outdoors. 

Get your children to help design the course and change it regularly to maintain their interest and practice or develop new skills. You can use tables, chairs, benches, a trampoline, bean bags, tyres, rugs over furniture to make a tunnel, laundry baskets, hula hoops and chalk. Here is a simple obstacle course – children can:  

1. Crawl under or over a row of chairs.
2. Crawl under a string stretched between two chair legs.
3. Jump into and out of a Hula-Hoop five times.
4. Walk on a balance board.
5. Throw a beanbag into a laundry basket.
6. Run while balancing a beanbag on your head.

Why is this important?

Obstacle courses help children develop gross motor skills by walking, climbing, crawling and maintaining balance. They can assist cognitive skills as children listen, remember and follow instructions, turn take and sequence. 

Children develop listening skills by following instructions and remembering sequences.