Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Indoor Frisbee Golf (with a paper plate frisbee)

It's cold here. Crazy cold. Every parent I know is praying that school isn't delayed or cancelled because of sub-zero temperatures. All the kids are going crazy and the adults have come down with cabin fever, too. To keep the boys busy on a day off of school, I cooked up a fun craft and game.

First, each boy made an indoor frisbee out of two paper plates. This brilliant idea came from Crafts by Amanda. All you need is clear packing tape, two paper plates, scissors, and markers/paints. The steps are simple.

Paper Plate Frisbee Instructions
1. Put the plates on the table as if you'd eat off them. Cover each with clear plastic packing tape. This will give the frisbee some heft and durability.

2. Trim off excess tape.

3. Flip over and decorate the perimeter edge of each plate with markers or paint, keeping the center plain.

4. Cut a hole in the center of each plate that is the same size and centered in the middle.

5. Put the plates together so they resemble a flying saucer. Add a strip of packing tape along the edge. Cut in to the tape on each side about every inch, creating a fringed look.

6. Carefully, push the fringe or tabs of tape down on each side so the frisbee halves are stuck together. Cover the remainder of the plate, leaving the hole in the middle open, if you'd like.

7. With a flick of the wrist, let your frisbee fly!

Playing Indoor Frisbee Golf
Setting up the coarse is simple. You can use boxes or baskets, or make golf posts like I did. Our "holes" were really just a big piece of corrugated  cardboard with an empty paper towel cardboard roll and wrapping paper tube hot glued in the middle. I made two and moved them so the boys could play a total of 6 "holes."

I put the post holes in unexpected places that had them throwing their frisbees up and down stairs, into the bathroom, and around the kitchen island. Since the frisbees are fairly light, I wasn't worried about them damaging any breakable home d├ęcor. That being said, if you have a priceless Ming vase, move it!

I kept score for the boys by making tally marks on a basic scorecard. The player with the fewest tosses wins. (Score keeping is a great way to sneak in some math!)

My boys had a BLAST with this!

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