Obstacle Boxes

Obstacle Boxes lesson plan

  • 1.

    Play along with children. Start with one obstacle box and ask, If you rolled the ball across our circle to the other side, what do you think would happen? Test the results, and compare with children's predictions.

  • 2.

    Encourage children to think up and try more possibilities. What would happen if you bounced the ball in front of the box?; ;What would happen if you threw the ball?; Children's questions and responses help you understand their thinking.

  • 3.

    Increase the complexity of the game with more children and/or more boxes. Play outdoors.

  • 4.

    To make an obstacle box: Choose a recycled cardboard box. Cover your work area with newspaper and put on a Crayola® Art Smock.

  • 5.

    With Crayola® Washable Paint and So Big® Brushes, paint the inside and outside of the box. Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Decorate the box with Crayola® Glitter Glue designs.

  • 7.

    To play the game: Sit in a circle with several friends and an adult. Experiment with different ways to get a ball around and over the obstacle boxes.


  • Asking Questions
  • Listening
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Social & Emotional: Negotiating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Predicting Outcomes