Spring is finally here and so is the rain… lots and lots of rain. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside with our rain gear on, jumping in puddles and going for muddy hikes. But as much fun as it can be to embrace the milder temps after such a long winter, sometimes you just want to stay inside, cozy and dry. During a long weekend inside after we exhaust our usual indoor activities – colouring, book reading marathons, fort building, baking and playing with play dough – we like to bring one of our favourite outdoor family activities, MINI GOLF, indoors!

Using household items you can make simple (or complex, if you want to get creative) mini golf holes.

Here’s how!

  1. Collect items to build your golf hole. Pillows, cutting boards, empty paper towel rolls (or toilet paper rolls), Tupperware containers, paper and markers, wooden spoons, blankets, building blocks, yoga mat, Lego (Duplo), skipping rope, train set, paper plates, pipe cleaners, balls of various sizes (you don’t have to only use golf balls; in fact, I wouldn’t recommend it for indoors!) and a golf club (or hockey stick… or even a broom).
  2. Plan out your mini-golf hole.  Planning the hole can be half the fun. Using the paper and markers, make a plan. Do you want to start standing on a couch? At the top of a staircase? At the end of a long hallway? etc.
  3. Cut a hole in the middle of a paper plate. Cut a little flag from a piece of paper, attached it to a pipe cleaner and attach the pipe cleaner to the paper plate. Make enough of these for each mini-golf hole you are going to make.

  4. Start to build! We like to start simple and then add elements that make a hole harder and harder.
  5. Have a friendly competition.

Here are the latest holes we made as a family:

  1. Using a wooden train set, cardboard, a hockey stick and pool noodle we built the boundaries of our hole. We then cut 2 toilet paper rolls on one side and opened them up as an obstacle that the ball must pass through before it gets to the flag. Quite simple.
  2. Next, my son thought it would be fun to start standing on our coffee table. Any excuse to climb on the furniture right?! We used pillows and cutting boards to make a ramp down to the floor. The hole was surrounded by wooden train tracks and the ball needed to pass through a series of toilet paper tubes.
  3. What beats starting on a coffee table? How about at the top of the stairs?!

Our landing made a perfect spot for the green (but you could always use a skipping rope or building blocks to encircle the green). 

Please note: Your mini-golf course does not need to look “Pinterest-y”. You kids will not notice or remember how pretty and picture-perfect it looked, just how much fun they had playing it!

Have fun! Hope you get a hole-in-one! 

Erica is a mother of two (4.5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter) and lives in Toronto with her husband and kids. She has worked for the past 10 years as an Occupational Therapist in mental health. Erica writes a parenting and lifestyle blog called Anna Georgianna Blog, named for her Nana and Grandmother who were two of the strongest, most influential women in her life.