Source: ©2015. Joyce Hemphill, Laura Scheinholtz, and Heather Von Bank and adapted from The Power of Playful Learning.
Don’t let the cold and damp weather of November put a damper on your golf game. Bring the game inside using what you can find around the house.
- Long paper tube (e.g., wrapping paper tube)
- Sponge (Note: Use a clean sponge for this activity. When finished playing, reuse the sponge for washing dishes.)
- Balls of various sizes OR crumpled newspaper/scrap paper
For the Course:
- Foam egg cartons (Wash egg cartons in warm soapy water or clean with anti-bacterial wipes)
- Plastic cups or canisters of various sizes and shapes
- Plastic container lids
- Paper tubes (e.g., wrapping paper tubes, paperboard tubes from trouser hangers)
- Cardboard or paperboard boxes
- Individual serving-sized yogurt, fruit, or pudding cups
- Round bamboo skewers
- Duct tape
This activity works best in a room with lots of floor space.
- Using duct tape, attach the sponge to the long paper tube to serve as the golf club.
- On paper, design and plan the shape of the golf course. Think about fun challenges along the course and indicate where they will go. Examples of challenges include:
- Putting the ball through an egg carton tunnel
- Maneuvering the ball around obstacles, such as cups set upside down in a random pattern or groupings of paper tubes
- Hitting the ball through a zigzag section made from paper tubes
- Tapping the ball up and down a ramp made from pieces of cardboard and a stack of books.
- Use the various boxes, foam egg cartons, and/or paper tubes to create a barrier or bumper for the golf course.
- For the holes, lay the plastic containers, paper, and/or canisters on their sides.
- Identify each hold with a flag.
- Make a flag by taping a triangular piece of paper onto the flat/smooth end of a bamboo skewer.
- Insert the pointed end through exterior center point of the yogurt cup’s bottom.