Backyard Parkour

One of UNBORED‘s big messages is to be creative with things you already have. That’s one of the reasons we’re such big fans of parkour, also known as freerunning. Parkour was invented in the Paris suburbs in the 1980s by teenagers who turned their childhood chasing games into quick and graceful vaults over common urban obstacles like fences, walls, and garbage cans.

You can do parkour anywhere where you are safe to run and jump around. On page 134 of UNBORED we give some instructions for the most basic skills you need, such as how to land and roll safely.

YouTube has tons of videos of kids doing parkour in their yards. We really like this one, below, which was shot on a farm in Australia.


NOTE: We are not recommending that you try the tricks in this video or any other parkour video — especially the leaps from high places. We’re just saying that we enjoy these videos. (The stunts in these videos are the end result of hours and hours of training — starting small and working up to awesome.) Whenever you do something new that involves any amount of risk, make sure that you take proper safety precautions and have a grownup supervise.