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Go on an Adventure: Obstacle Course

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Make sure you have plenty of room for kids to get moving. Check for breakable items, sharp edges, things a child could trip on, and other safety hazards when setting up your obstacle course. Be careful to avoid using objects that could slide or fall over, like stacked books. Allow children in a group to go through the adventure obstacle course one at a time.

For older children, make the course more challenging between obstacles, like hopping on one foot or walking backward. When kids have mastered the course, change the story and the order of the obstacles.

Your child will have more fun if you tackle the adventure obstacle course with her. You'll be modeling how to be strong, be brave, maybe even be silly -- and best of all, be active.

What to Teach Kids: Exercises Helps Many Parts of Your Body

As kids go on their adventure through the obstacle course, explain what parts of their body they are helping. Crawling helps build strong muscles and bones in their arms. Jumping helps build strong muscles and bones in their legs. Moving fast helps their heart. Concentrating to get the moves right helps their brain, too!

Teach your kids that moving every day can help their body in many ways. Regular exercise is part of growing strong, being happy, staying healthy, and thinking well.

What's the FIT Connection?

Teaching your child to be active every day is part of raising FIT kids. Kids who exercise each day reap many healthy rewards. Being active can help curb your child's appetite, which can help keep her from overeating. Regular activity also helps to build a positive body image and improve self-esteem.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on May 11, 2016
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