Today’s activity is to create your own indoor crazy golf course. I set this up at church for our family bible study where we were looking at the parable of the sower. It was quite good fun creating the course, and tying in each course to be an aspect of the story. Use paper or plastic cups as the holes, tape them to the floor, and add ramps using books, car tracks, tubes etc.
However, you could just create obstacles without telling a story, or get creative and choose a different story to make in golf form.
So, for our game, the golf ball was representing the seed, which was sown on different ground.
Hole 1 – the path:
I used part of a Scalextric track to create the path. This could have gone directly into a cup, but for no reason other than the fact that I have one and it looks cool, I used a castle as the hole.
The seed that falls on the path is trodden on, or eaten by birds. So I had a cardboard bird that I popped up after they got the ball into the castle, I pretended it ate the ball.
Hole 2 – The rocky ground:
I created barriers and obstacles using stones and a couple of cardboard tunnels. The seed that falls on the rocky path grows quickly, but has no root, so it withers and dies in the hot sun. We had a dead flower at the end of this hole.
Hole 3 – The thorny/weedy path:
I pulled a load of ivy off my house for this one, and draped it over a long tube, plus I plugged up the end of the tube with ivy, so when kids hit the ball through the tube, it got stuck and couldn’t come through to the cup. This did frustrate them a bit, but got them to understand the bit of the story, that the weeds choked the seed and stopped it from growing.
Hole 4 – The good soil:
I used a roll mat (for camping) draped over a thick tube, to create a slope, then put a flower pot with mud on, lying on its side at the end, with a few felt flowers on the ground next to it. When they managed to get the ball into the pot I stood the flowers up.
Fill a tough spot with seeds and sand toys, for them to play with.
Provide lard and string for them to form fat balls for the birds using the seeds.
Make seed pictures by giving them paper and glue and leaving them to create designs
Plant mustard or cress seeds on cotton wool in yoghurt pots.