I saw a post awhile back with the idea to make a mini putt or miniature golf course out of Duplo. I thankfully remembered it during a run of rainy days when I was on the brink of going insane! I am so glad I remembered this rainy day activity perfect for toddlers, preschool and school ages kids. Both us adults got involved as well!
We spent an hour building and rebuilding several targets and then we got to golf. This means the boys worked on fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, teamwork (just barely at times), sportsmanship and math skills. They probably just thought they were playing but there was a lot of problem solving and spatial relationship work being done! The best part, we got to spend some great family time together!
Here is how we built it with the Duplo we already own:
Most of the shots I tried to make easy enough for 3 year old Smashie to be able to make without him getting frustrated. We have a set of numbers so we incorporated them in. This is the train themed hole.
The gas station was my favourite!
Smashie helped me make this colourful one.
Bug got the idea to make holes where we would need to do trick shots. Here he has a rotating tee to try to putt off of into the scoop at the other side. He was quite adamant that the shot could be made….both boys were able to make the shot but it was definitely mommy-proof!
Another trick shot which involved hitting one ball into another and back through the tunnel. Let’s just say the back 9 was a bit more complicated than the front 9.
And then there is this Canadian kiddo. He insisted that golf was more fun with a hockey stick.
Is this something you would do on a rainy day?
Also check out these posts of fun ideas to keep busy on blustery days!