Our Fun Kids Indoor Obstacle Course

Monday, October 21, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

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Seriously? Is making an obstacle course educational? You bet! Sure, it just looks like they're having fun... but remember, playing is learning! Still not convinced? I went through the list of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten common core skills, and found that this activity alone accomplished a whopping 42+ common core standards... without even trying! There were no questions and nothing specifically "educational" I did. I just let them play, build, and have fun!

    

 While we're not specifically teaching to the common core standards in our home, this activity sure fulfills quite a few of the pre-kindergarten & kindergarten common core standards.

Pre-Kindergarten Common Core Standards Met
  1. Recognize own abilities and express satisfaction when demonstrating them to others
  2. Seek new and varied experiences and challenges
  3. Demonstrate self-direction while participating in a range of activities and routines
  4. Develop and carry out simple plans to obtain a goal
  5. Use prior knowledge and information to assess, inform, and plan for future actions and learning
  6. Focus on an activity with deliberate concentration despite distractions
  7. Carry out tasks, activities, projects, or experiences from beginning to end
  8. Focus on the task at hand through difficulties and try to overcome challenges
  9. Invents new activities and demonstrate flexibility in solving problems
  10. Sort and classify objects by one or more attributes
  11. Demonstrate understanding of the relative position of objects with terms such as in/on/under, up/down, inside/outside, above/below, beside between, in front of/behind, and next to
  12. Understand and use names of shapes when identifying objects
  13. Names three-dimensional objects using informal, descriptive vocabulary
  14. Creates shapes during play by building, drawing, etc.
  15. Combine simple shapes to form larger shapes
  16. Demonstrate cooperative behaviors and fairness to others during interactions with peers and adults
  17. Engage in problem-solving to resolve social conflicts with adult support
  18. Demonstrate an awareness of the outcomes of choices
  19. Understand that rules play an important role in promoting safety and protecting fairness
  20. Recognize that people have wants and must make choices because resources and materials are limited
  21. Make predictions and check them through concrete experiences, with adult support
  22. Make inferences and form generalizations based on evidence
  23. Demonstrate ability to solve everyday problems based on past experiences
  24. Solve problems by carrying out a sequence of actions; may seek more than one solution, and explain their reasoning
  25. Recreate complex ideas, events/situations with personal adaptations
  26. Request and accept guidance from familiar adults
  27. Demonstrate locomotor skills with control, coordination, balance in active play
  28. Demonstrate spatial awareness in physical activity or movement
  29. Coordinate the use of hands, fingers and wrists to manipulate objects and perform tasks requiring precise movements
  30. Participate in active play exhibiting strength and stamina
  31. Identify and follow basic safety rules with guidance and support
  32. Identify the consequences of unsafe behavior with adult guidance and support
  33. Demonstrate understanding of increasingly complex concepts and longer sentences, and follow two-step requests
  34. Use language to communicate in a variety of ways with others to share observations, ideas and experiences; problem-solve, reason, predict and seek new information
  35. With modeling and support follows typical patterns for communicating with others
  36. With modeling and support, continue a conversation through multiple exchanges
Kindergarten Common Core Standards Met
  1. L.K.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  2. SL.K.6. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
  3. K.MD.1. Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
  4. K.MD.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
  5. K.G.1. Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
  6. K.G.2. Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
So, next time you feel the need to do something "educational" with your kids, take a step back, and find the educational value in what they're already doing. :)

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