Summer Boredom Buster

As summer break approached, I anticipated hearing the usual “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do”. So, I headed to Pinterest and started pinning some fun summer activities. I plan to share each of them as we do them and let you all know how it goes!

Today is the 5th day of break and, although the kids haven’t had a chance to be bored yet, I was too excited to try some of these ideas out. Brianna was busy at a babysitting job this morning, so AJ, Abby, and I went to Dollar Tree and purchased the supplies for our first boredom buster – Disk Golf! I got the idea here.

At Dollar Tree, I purchased 9 round laundry baskets. What I love about Dollar Tree is that everything is truly $1.00, so I know I can stay within a reasonable price range. Sadly, Dollar Tree did not have the type of disks I wanted. However, when I was at WalMart the other day, I had my eye on these disks and I knew they would work perfectly, so we made a stop there and stocked up on some lunch meat and a few other items for the week while we were there. There’s 4 disks in a pack, so I grabbed two, for a total of eight disks.

This game goes together so easily and there are so many things you could do with it. The original blog post includes a free download with scoresheet, instructions, and cute numbers for on the baskets. I didn’t use any of them, only because the original blogger used 6 baskets and I decided to do nine “holes” instead. I would like to possibly come up with some of my own score sheets and numbers to number them 1-9, as it was a little confusing remembering which hole was next, but not a huge deal.

I let AJ set up the baskets anywhere he wanted in the backyard. He did a nice job of spreading them out. The only issue we had was the baskets did topple over a few times, but not a huge deal, we just set them  back up and kept going. I’m thinking a couple of old tent stakes would work to hold them down. For scoring, I simply used a notepad and put our names and numbers 1-9. To play, players take turns trying to get their disk in the basket. Starting on the first hole, simply decide where the players will stand and shoot the disks into the basket, as if you were tossing a frisbee. You only have to get one disc in, but since we had eight disks, I decided that each player would get a maximum of eight shots. So, if they made it on the second shot, they scored a “2”, if they used all eight, they scored and “8”, etc.  To keep the game moving, “8” was the highest score you could get. So, we moved through all nine holes and tallied up our scores at the end. Just like in regular golf, low score wins. 

FYI…I don’t let my kids win..,they have to earn it…Call it beginner’s luck, but Mom came out on top this time. I’m pretty sure they will give me a run for the money once they get the hang of it. 

That’s pretty much it. Easy peasy. This game cost me right around $13.00 and I’m sure the kids will get a lot of enjoyment out of it this summer. If you try it out, leave me a comment and let me know how it went!



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