Mini golf is a great little sport to play outside. You can construct the course together, thinking up fun obstacles to try and get the ball around. Planning, building and playing mini golf will not only help your child’s coordination, it will improve skills such as creative thinking and problem solving as they experiment with different paths to reach their goals.
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Astronaut Alan Shepard celebrated his moon landing in 1971 by batting a golf ball across the moon!
Mini golf clubs and balls
Plastic or paper cups
Household items such as toys, books, swimming floats, plant pots, food packaging
Natural items such as logs and twigs
Decide on the number of holes for the crazy golf course and dot the same number of cups on their side around the play area. To keep the cups/holes in place (and to bring your course to life!) place some soft toys behind the cups. You can also build arches in front of them, or create frames around them using different items from from your home. These items can also be dotted around the course as obstacles to play around.
Now choose a starting point for your golf game. Place your ball on the ground and use a golf club to knock it towards the first cup. Aim to get the ball in the cup, or pick a path to get the ball round an obstacle to the cup with a number of putts. After a few practise plays, challenge your family or friends to a mini golf competition. The person who gets around the course the quickest is the winner!