Make Your Own Putter
Let your child unleash his inner Tiger Woods with this fun activity that combines arts and crafts, games, and math practice all into one. Not only will your child create his own golf putter but he'll also design his own putting course in a room of the house and play to his heart's content. No need to buy expensive materials and equipment for this activity—all you need are a wood dowel and foam block from the craft store and a bit of foam to wood glue from the hardware store to begin. In all, the putter costs only about 4 dollars to make! This is a great indoor activity for small parties, home schooling PE, or afternoon fun with a friend on a rainy day.
Putting is a good way to relax, but it also helps your child develop his fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And although many golfers stress that golf is above all a physical game, there is a very strong mathematical component to it as well. As your child improves his putting skills, he'll learn the physics of velocity and deflection.
What You Need:
- Wood dowel 36" long and 5/8"-3/4” in diameter
- Small foam block (usually available at craft stores)
- Foam to wood glue (available at hardware stores)
- Golf ball or any ball of the same size
- Cutting tool such as a hacksaw, wood saw, or large kitchen knife
- Small utility knife
- Several index cards or sheets of paper