The Over-Under Journey!

Playing collaborative games equalizes the playing field for your child while giving you a perfect, kids-eye-view of life!  Next time you have a few minutes, try taking an Over-Under Journey and you might just be amazed where the two of you end up!


  1. Start by deciding where to go.  You may want to go to a real place like the kitchen or you could think of grander, imaginative places like the Dinosaur Forest or the Princess Castle!  (Wherever you decide to go, pick a physical location 10-15 feet away as your target for a game of 5-6 turns.)  Let your child decide the destination and then follow her imaginative lead.
  2. Next, decide who is “Over” and who is “Under.”  Again, let your child decide.
  3. Now get going on your Over-Under Journey. USING ONLY YOUR BODIES, each player takes one step at a time. The “Over” player must travel each step of the journey by going over the other player. Likewise, the  “Under” player must go under the other player.


Here’s a few ideas to get you started.  Note:  These ideas are written for parents to play with a child, but can easily be adjusted for two or more children to play as well. But be sure to let your children make up their own over/under obstacles as much as possible.

  • Go OVER THE HILL (stand tall and let your child climb all the way up you!)
  • Go UNDER THE BRIDGE (form a bridge with your body or legs and let your child climb under)
  • Go OVER THE TICKLE TIGER (lie down on your back and have your child climb over your tummy — tickling as she goes!)
  • GO UNDER GATE (lie on the floor and raise one leg in the air up and down.  Have your child scoot through the gate.)
  • Go OVER THE TEA POT (sit on the floor and form the shape of a tea pot.  As your child climbs over you, whistle like a tea pot!
  • Go UNDER THE PUDDLE (lie down on the floor tummy-side down.  Have your child “swim” underneath you)
  • GO OVER THE WORM (wiggle like a worm on the floor and have your child climb over you from head to toe)
  • GO UNDER THE TUNNEL. (sit on the floor with your knees up and have your child climb through)
Activity by Moving Smart ( )


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