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We have had rainy days here, and that means more indoor activities are needed! We have exhausted the dancing, tent building, play dough fun and teddy tea parties, today it was time for something new. Miss R adores put-put golf, the kind with big moving colourful obstacles and lots of holes to get through. We tried a scaled down version in our living room this afternoon, making our own obstacles from recycled boxes, holes from tin cans and even our own club from recycled paper tubes. This is what happened …
You will need:
For the holes:
- To make the flags print out your template and cut out the shapes. Fold in half over the popsicle stick and glue together.
- Attach to the base of the cans with a bit of duct tape
- Golf holes done!
For the club:
• 2 x paper towel rolls, plus a half cut lengthways to brace them together
• 1 piece of thick recycled cardboard (ideally a flap from a cardboard carton)
• Duct tape
- Make the club by cutting out a piece from the cardboard scrap as shown in the collage below for the bottom of the club, cover with duct tape and trim.
- Stick the 2 paper towel rolls together with the duct tape using the half piece cut lengthways as a brace over the join. Cover the entire stick with duct tape to give it a bit more strength and also for aesthetic value.
- Tape the cardboard “club” to the end.
- Golf club made!
For the obstacles:
• Assorted cardboard boxes – e.g. cereal boxes, cracker boxes etc.
• Duct Tape and scissors
Cut the boxes up and make them into different obstacles. For example cut the base and top out of the box to create a tunnel, or attach ramps and sides to create a bridge over the top of the box.
We only made three obstacles but the sky is the limit – make as many as you like.
Now play golf!
We made an ‘X’ out of duct tape as the starting point and the girls took turns making their way through the course.
This is an easy course for pre school aged kids appropriate to their gross motor skill level but if you have older kids you could easily amp it up a bit and create longer, trickier courses.
It turned out to be a a fun, wet, indoor day for us after all!
More DIY toys you can make using recyclables
• Make a whirlygig using our free printable
• Use cardboard and duct tape to create your own DIY giant dice
• Make your own board game using the back of a cereal box
• Use milk bottle lids and toothpicks to create fun spinning tops
• Use cardboard tubes and duct tape to create a toilet roll scribbler for experimental art
• Make long cardboard tube shakers from paper towel rolls and duct tape – my girls love these!
If you love crafts that become toys check out our craft and play board on Pinterest. It has over a thousand fun ideas to give you some more inspiration.