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I have created a plan in PowerPoint to construct a fun temporary obstacle course for disabled children and adults that use wheelchairs or walkers. The plan includes many elements that can be used to set up a course. This course is not a permanent one, but one that people can construct or put together easily for a fundraiser, get together, picnic or just a day of fun at home. For each element, I provide a list of materials, instructions on how to set it up, and discuss any safety concerns. I have tested each element before including it in the final plan. For the last part of my project I am distributing the plans to you, disability organizations, and schools so you can use it to create obstacle courses at your events and fundraisers and share it with your families for fun activities they can do at home birthday parties or just everyday fun.


  • 1. Wheelchair Accessible Obstacle Course By: Chessa Birrell Girl Scout Gold Award Project Troop 22288 9-29-13

2. Project Inspiration There does not seem to be enough recreational activities for children and adults with orthopedic impairments. Many people do not know how to facilitate activities for people who use wheelchairs and walkers. When you look for activities to do and search for them on the internet, they are difficult to find. When people get together with other disabled friends they need to have some fun activities to do that could be constructed quickly. Through this plan I hope to spread awareness, educate people about this cause, and show them what they can do to help disabled people have fun. This PowerPoint Plan shows how to construct a fun temporary obstacle course for disabled children and adults that use wheelchairs or walkers. I have found that many non-disabled children enjoy the course and some like to challenge themselves by going through the course using the crab walk or wheelbarrow. The plan includes many elements that you can choose from to set up a course. For each course element, a list of materials and instructions on how to set it up is provided along with a discussion of any safety concerns. I have tested each element before including it in this plan. The elements try to stimulate the senses with physical movement, hearing, and touch. Courses can be set up around a theme such as beach party, luau, Halloween, and color coordinated with the theme or season. Playing music, adding lights, and other features can make the course more visually stimulating and fun. Signs can be made with the fun names for each element and be placed by the element. I made signs in PowerPoint and put them in sheet protectors and placed the sheet protectors over water bottles. We hope you will share this plan with others so they can use it to create fun obstacle courses at their get- togethers, parties and events. Organizations can set up courses at their events and fundraisers. 2 3. Safety Some elements require spotters to ensure participants safety. Materials need to be safe for the health of the participants. Allergies must be considered when choosing materials that come in contract with the participants. Materials should not damage the wheelchairs or equipment used by the participants. All participants need to be made aware of the materials used. Adding music, lights, noises, fans, etc. may make it more fun, however, you need to consider that some childrens disabilities are triggered by strobe lights, and other features. Always ask your participants if they have any concerns before they start your course and remove any elements of concern. Be careful not to damage any floors, make sure any tape you use will not a residue or react with the floor finish. 3 4. List of Course Elements 1. Firecracker Fairway 2. Teeter Totter or The Fulcrum 3. Bubbles 4. Water Wars 5. Wheelchair Bowling 6. Beach Ball Maze 7. Rocky Road 8. Barrel Racing 9. Curtains 10. Brick Wall 11. Car Wash 12. Box Tunnel 13. Balloon blast 14. Swinging Monkeys (Pendulum) 15. Wind Machine 16. Snake Pit 17. S Curve 18. Hairpin Turn 19. Round About 20. Puddle Jumping 21. Straight Away Full Speed Ahead 22. Backwards 23. Musical Mat 24. Limbo 25. Las Monos 26. Slalom 27. Sideways Slope 28. Speed Bumps 29. A-frame 4 5. Start S-Curve Rocky Road Slalom Hairpin Turn FulcrumSpeed BumpBubblesLimbo Balloon Blast Sideways Incline Backwards Roundabout Tunnel Beach Ball MazeWheelchair BowlingWater WarsCurtainsLos Manos Straight Away Firecracker Fairway End Sample Course Layout 6. Firecracker Fairway Instructions: 1. Roll out bubble wrap on to ground/floor with bubbles up. You also can tape together smaller pieces keeping back sides facing the same way and taped edges together. 2. Tape bubble wrap to floor 3. Have kids/adults drive/walk over it as fast as they can to make a firework type of noise *NOTE* - Works best if laid out on hard surfaces such as flooring, pavement or concrete. Grass does not work well. Materials: Roll of bubble wrap. Large bubbles make louder noise. Tape Hard surface Safety concerns: Some young children may be afraid of the loud noise this element makes. Therefore, this should be demonstrated with a persons foot before allowing the participants to go on it. 6 7. Notes: The platform should be a minimum of 10 wider than the widest chair/walker. For a smaller drop, use a 2x4 instead of a 4x4 for the pivot. Materials: Platform - Plywood, L-60, W-40 Pivot board - 4x4x40. Side rails - 2x2x60, 2 each. 18 wood screws, #6x2 Glue Safety Concerns: The board may jar a person if they go over it to quickly. Smaller wheels may not go over the front lip of the platform easily. A metal threshold may be attached to the leading edge of the platform to alleviate this problem Teeter Totter or The Fulcrum 7 Equipment: Tape measure Saw Screwdriver Drill with #6 bit Countersink Pivot End view Cut 1 1 1 Center of Platform Instructions: 1. Find the center of the platform and draw a line across it. 2. Drill 6 holes evenly spaced across the platform approximately 1 from the center. Countersink the holes on the top of the platform. This will be the center of the pivot. 3. Drill 6 holes evenly spaced along the edge of the platform approximately 1 from the edge. Countersink the holes on the bottom of the platform. 4. Glue (optional) the side rails onto each top edge of the platform and secure with wood screws from the bottom of the platform. 5. If possible, cut the corners lengthwise off the pivot 6. Place the center line of the pivot on the line of holes going across the platform with the corner cuts away from the platform, glue (optional) and secure with wood screws. 8. Bubbles Instructions: 1. Have people line up facing each other a) Leave enough room for the participants to drive/walk through 2. As the participants drive/walk through blow the bubbles 3. Have the participants pop as many bubbles as they can 4. This element works best when there is little to no wind Materials: Bubble solution and wands or electric bubble maker. Safety Concerns: Keep bubble juice away from small children so they dont accidentally drink it. 8 9. Water Wars Instructions: 1. Have people line up facing each other a) Leave enough room for the participants to drive/walk through 2. As the participants drive/walk through, spray them with water *NOTE* - Some participants may not like getting wet, if so do not spray them. Materials: Spray bottles Water Safety Concerns: Be carful not to get electronic components wet. You can cover them with a large plastic bag. 9 10. Wheelchair Bowling Instructions: 1. Stack cups/cones in a pyramid and you have to toss a ball into them and knock some down before proceeding 2. Or have the participants run into them and knock them down with their chairs or walkers Materials: Plastic cups or cones Safety Concerns: None. 10 11. Beach Ball Maze Instructions: 1. Beach ball maze, move the ball between gates with no hands or feet, use wheelchairs only. Materials: 42 or very large beach balls Tape or sting or benches to outline the path Safety Concerns: The balls need to be large enough not to get stuck under any of the wheelchairs. 11 12. Rocky Road Instructions: 1. Cut a flat surface on the balls and glue to the cardboard. 2. Cut pool noodles crossways to from circle of various lengths form about 1 to 2.5 thick and glue to cardboard 3. Have participants roll over the cardboard and experience the rocks! 4. Or place cut up foam on the ground. Materials: Foam, pool noodles, and/or foam and rubber (super) balls Cardboard Safety Concerns: The rocks should be small enough not as not to get stuck under the wheelchair. Some wheelchairs have EZ Lock docking system bolts hanging down under their chairs that may catch the rocks. 12 13. Barrel Racing Instructions: 1. Place 3 barrels in the pattern shown. The distance between the barrels depends on the space available. 2. The barrels should be large enough to be seen from the start/finish line and from each barrel. 3. Draw tape or chalk lines to show the path to follow with arrows showing the direction of travel. Materials: 3 Barrels, tall boxes, water cooler bottles, etc. Chalk Safety Concerns: None. Start & Finish 13 14. Curtains Instructions: 1. Fold tablecloth in half lengthwise 2. Fold tablecloth in half widthwise until about 12 wide 3. Cut strips from bottom of tablecloth toward the top stopping about 8 from the top. This keeps tablecloth in one piece and leaves a solid portion to hang over the pole. 4. Hang tablecloth over pole or tape or pin to beam Materials: Plastic tablecloth Scissors A-frame or beam Tape or pins Safety Concerns: Be sure the curtains do not hang down so low that they will get caught in the participants wheels. 14 15. Brick Wall Instructions: 1. Glue boxes closed. 2. Number the boxes as shown. 3. Use a hole saw the same diameter as the rolls to cut holes in the boxes as shown. The holes are at 1/3 and 2/3 of length of the box. For a 12 box they are at 3and 9 from the edge. Do not cut holes in the tops of the green boxes or the bottoms of the blue boxes if you want a solid looking top. 4. Cut 6 of the rolls so they are the same length as 3 boxes are high. The other two rolls should be a few inches longer than 3 boxes are high. 5. Push the boxes onto the rolls as shown to align the boxes and stabilize the structure. 6. The interior rolls are hidden inside the boxes. The outer rolls should protrude above and below the outer boxes (1,5,8,12) so they can be pushed over the poles from the canopy. 7. Use hot glue to glue the boxes together around the tubes. 8. Paint the boxes to look like bricks. 9. Slide outer tubes onto legs of a canopy frame. They will swing apart as the participants' push through them. Materials/Resources: 16 boxes about 12 x 12 x 6 8 plastic or cardboard rolls at lease 3 lo


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