Need creative activities for indoor play? Us too! Truth be told, this creative activity for playing indoors came from my husband. As I was upstairs checking emails, the rest of the family was downstairs building an imaginative mini-golf course out of train tracks. – I know it! Super clever. My mind was blown. I immediately knew this revolutionary (and simple) activity needed to be shared. A preschool indoor mini golf course on a rainy day? Sign me up!
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Creative activities for indoor play are all around us!
- Ideas may begin with a question to prompt new thinking ideas.
- Imaginative play may involve painting.
- Imaginative play may spark from a sensory bin.
- Play may involve items from a DIY art cart.
- Play may use clay and texture.
Regardless of the supplies, creative activities come from taking an idea and being able to design a product on your terms.
This indoor mini-golf course made with train tracks is right on track to innovational thinking and learning through play.
Creative ideas typically begin with a problem
It had been raining all day for our family, and my oldest wanted to practice with his golf clubs. Don’t worry; you don’t need a professional putter to play. You’ll see an alternative listed below.
The solution was to create a mini-golf course for the family to play. When making your creative course, anything goes! Begin by sharing these photos with your kids or building the course together. Then, let them take the lead. I found this great article from PBS to learn why creative play is important for kids.
We like to keep preschool activities simple by using supplies you already own or supplies that can be used again and again.
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Little Tikes Golf Set
Have a budding golfer? Use this set for indoor play or take it outside for fresh air.
Wooden Train Tracks
This 52-piece train track set works with most major wooden train track brands.
Jaya Foam Golf Practice Balls
These are soft foam golf balls for indoor and outdoor use. Pick the color you like best!
Let creativity take the lead!
There are dozens of ways to create a preschool indoor mini golf course. Here are some tips to get your family started:
- Draw out a design before putting the course together.
- See which original designs your child can create on their own.
- Challenge each family member to design a part of the course in a different room.
- Prompt thinking by creating different themes for each hole.
With creative thinking, anything goes! Our family absolutely loved this creative activity for indoor play!
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