Bucket golf tournament

For ages 4 – 8 years

It’s tournament time! By creating their own ‘golf’ course, your child will learn to plan and design in a creative way. As they complete their course, they will develop their throwing accuracy. They can try to beat their own score or play against others.

 What do I need?

  • Containers, such as buckets or baskets
  • Small bean bags (rolled-up socks work just as well)
  • Chalk or masking tape
  • Paper or cardboard to make flags (optional)
  • Pen and paper to record scores

 How do I do it?

  1. Before you start, you can ask your child to draw a plan of their golf course. (Or they could draw it when it is complete.
  2. Create a ‘golf course’, where buckets and other containers are placed around the house or yard as ‘holes’.
  3. Using the chalk or tape, create a start line a distance from each hole. Help your child choose a reasonable distance.
  4. You can  create a flag out of paper or cardboard for each hole.
  5. Move around the course throwing bean bags at each hole. Score by recording how many throws it takes to get the bean bag in.
  6. After they have done it a couple of times, your child could create a score card, using a point system, for each hole.
  7. Now they can repeat the course and see if they can get a better (lower) score.

No-one knows your child better than you.  So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.

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