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Picture of Nerf Gun Obstacle Course

Do you have kids complaining that they're bored? Solve that problem by having them build a nerf gun obstacle course! This fun activity is one the kids can help with from start to finish. My 10 year old stepson had a blast brainstorming obstacle ideas, crafting and building each obstacle, and then finally running through the actual course.

The great thing about this project (besides the fact that it gets your kids to flex their brain power and participate in some screen-free physical activity) is that you likely have most of the tools and supplies lying around at home. Those that you may not have, can likely be picked up from the Dollar Store for cheap!

Another great thing about this activity is that your kids can pick and choose which obstacles they want to include in their course. The whole thing is customizable -from the obstacles, to the order of obstacles, to the challenge level of each obstacle.

Ready to getting building? 3...2...1...Go!

Step 1: Obstacle 1 (Part A): Spinning Target Poster Board

Picture of Obstacle 1 (Part A): Spinning Target Poster Board

Supplies & Tools Needed for this Obstacle:

  • Packing or duct tape
  • Hack sack
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Tri-fold poster board
  • Paper plates (6 7-inch snack size)
  • Plastic straws (.236 x 9 inches)
  • Wooden dowels (the diameter should be smaller than your straws to allow them to spin freely. I used 1/8 inch ones)

Step 1

Line 2 plates up, the top of one plate to the top of the other plate (the bottoms will be facing out). Cut 2 notches out of the plates, across from each other. You'll cut a little bit deeper than the plate rims, creating 2 holes that are just big enough for a straw to slide through. Repeat this for the number of spinners you want to make; we made 3.

Tip: Secure the 2 plates together with a small piece of scotch tape before you cut the notches. This will help keep the plates aligned with each other as you make both cuts.

Step 2

Decorate the bottom side of the paper plates you just cut notches in. If you're making 3 spinners, then you'll be decorating 6 paper plates.

Step 3

Use hot glue to glue the pairs of plates together, aligning the cut notches with each other.

Tip: If your designs have a top and bottom to the picture, remember to glue them so that the "top" of one plate is touching the "bottom" of the 2nd plate. As the plates spin, this will ensure that both pictures are facing up.

AT4120 days ago
You have my vote
AT4120 days ago
I like it
seamster24 days ago
Excellent ideas! My kids would love this, thank you for sharing! : )