Outdoor adventures with rope

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 20, 2012

in Obstacle Course, Outdoor Play

We had our very first outdoor adventure with tying ropes. Well I ended up doing most of the rope tying but since it was our first day, the children were more excited about making an obstacle course with the rope….

The children helped me wrap the very long piece of rope I had around all the trees in the immediate area…

We had rope pretty much going every which direction as the kids helped to prepare our rope obstacle course…

Once the rope obstacle course was ready to go, the children lined up to give it a try…

We climbed over, under, through, and around the ropes in our obstacle course…

There was no exact route or plan, just the opportunity to use our large motor skills as we worked our way through the obstacle course…

Now that the weather has warmed up outside, my students are thrilled to get outside and play…

Links to grow on

12 Outdoor Storage Solutions for Loose Parts on the Play Ground from Let the Children Play

Outdoor Play from Learning for Life

Big Rope Play from I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!

All Tied Up In Knots from Teach Preschool

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1 Juliet@CreativeSTAR March 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Your children look like they are having so much fun! You’ve inspired me once again! I’m planning to write a post about getting started with rope work and this and your previous knot post are excellent starting points. Nice work all round.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Thank you Juliet – you always inspire me!

3 Gianne March 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I love this! I saw this on facebook and I know my girls would love it too! They are always tying and wrapping with their jump ropes so I think it would be cool to teach them specific knots and give them some play time with large length ropes. What fun! I also wanted to tell you I wrote in salt with my little Penny and left some linky love for you. Hope all is well!

Gianne at cowsgomooandducksgoquack.blogspot.com

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I will hop on by Gianne!

5 Shelley March 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I love this idea and I’m thinking about setting it up with my boys in our backyard tomorrow.

I’m wondering, the Gross Motor book at the bottom of you post, is that a book that you’ve used and recommend? I’m thinking about purchasing it.

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I have do not own that particular book Shelly!

7 Kari March 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

Hi Deborah,
That looks like so much fun !
I’m currently in Norway and I just visited a program for kids. They use the ropes to build play structures and the kids uses them to climb on.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 22, 2012 at 1:56 am

Oooh, I would love to visit there too!

9 YourTherapySource March 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

Love this idea too! Looks like so much fun. Now i need to find the right spot to tie all the rope around the trees. Now I am thinking maybe you were a physical therapist haha! Great work.

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 22, 2012 at 1:57 am

Haha – Perhaps I can consider that if I ever decide to change careers!

11 Cindy Morris March 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Hi Deborah,
First, I just wanted to let you know I have just began being a “Teach Preschool Follower”. I work on the other end of child care, working with the providers to strengthen their programs and make an overall quality program. I noticed that you are in Indianna and seem to have full reign in your program. Here in Polk County, Florida we encourage providers to be a part of the QRIS (quality rating improvement system) program. I’m not sure if your familiar with it but there are many guidlines when specifiacally talking about the classrooms (ECERS for 2 1/2 yrs-5yrs old and ITERS for infants and toddlers). Looking at your post about the ropes would score a center a 1 on a 1-7 rating scale because the rope was longer than 7 inches. This makes me scream outloud when I look at all the great ideas and activities providers here could be doing.

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 22, 2012 at 1:18 am

I am so glad to have you join me here Cindy! I am familiar with QRIS as this is also here in Indiana. I realize that having rope would score a 1 but my preschoolers would disagree with that rating whole heartedly! I wish there was a way to word things in these ratings that allowed wiggle room for responsible and interactive uses of resources…

13 Nancy March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I did something similar to this when we were studying insects and spiders, but we did it in the classroom. The children loved to be the insects that were trying to escape from the spider web. Now I can’t wait to try it outdoors. First they can be the spiders and spin the web, then they can be the insects that are trapped inside and trying to escape. What fun!

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Some spring spider fun!

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