Keep your kids entertained for cheap. Try making this easy backyard disc golf game.
I’ve been looking for easy ways to keep the kids entertained without spending much to do it. This game has become one of my kid’s favorites, and it only cost $5 to make. Not only is it cheap but it’s really easy to set up.
If you’ve never played disc golf before, it’s a lot similar to the basics of regular golf. Only instead of balls, clubs, and holes in the ground, you use frisbees, your arm, and a basket. I will say that this is a simple game for kids. Because of that, the baskets are not like those you’d see at a real disc golf course.
We have a course in our town, and the baskets have chains and a section to hold the disc. I assume the chains keep the frisbee from bouncing out of the basket, but I really wouldn’t know because I’ve never played real disc golf. I have watched a tournament at the course I mention, and some people are really serious about it. It looks really fun, and when my kids are a little older, I plan to invest in some real disc golf discs and take them to play. Until then, our backyard disc golf game has been a big hit.
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It starts with baskets from the Dollar Tree. I bought five, but if you’d like to make your course bigger, you could use more. I planned to tie them to a few poles and a couple of trees in our backyard, but I tested the angle that I needed the baskets to be at so that the frisbees would go in them first.
It turned out that the baskets needed to be at a slight angle. Otherwise, because the basket gets larger toward the top and it would be tied to the tree sideways, the disk would just fall out.
I solved the problem of having it tilted by gluing a sliver of an old pool noodle to the back of the basket. You don’t have to use a pool noodle, although it is a cheap option. You could use foam or wood or pretty much anything that you can cut into wedges.
Once I finished gluing the wedge onto the back, I used some clothesline to tie the baskets in place. Just run the rope through the slots at the bottom of the side of the basket and wrap it around the pole or tree.
I numbered the inside of the baskets so my kids would know the sequence to go in, and I marked a starting point with some sidewalk chalk. I also purposely made the baskets so that it was nearly (or completely) impossible to ring it in one throw. To make the game to last longer, I spaced the baskets apart so that the player had to throw their frisbee a couple of times to reach each basket.
As soon as I finished making the game, I knew that I needed score cards. This helps them keep up with their throws and prevents any cheating, not that my kids would do that. Yeah, right.
How to Play the Game
The game starts at a designated spot, and the first player has to throw their frisbee toward the first basket. Wherever the frisbee lands, the player has to throw from there trying again to reach the basket. When the first player rings the basket, their number of throws is written down on the scorecard, and it’s the next players turn to shoot for that basket. When they reach the last basket, their throws are totaled and whoever had the least amount wins.
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Easy Backyard Disc Golf Game
- 5 or more plastic baskets from the dollar store
- Pool Noodle
- Glue (E6000, Gorilla, or any glue that will work outdoors)
- Rope or clothesline
- Score Cards – Download here.
How to Make it
Start by cutting the pool noodle into wedges that are one inch on one side and two inches on the other. Glue the wedges onto the bottom of the basket near one side.
Once the glue dries, it’s time to hang your baskets. Determine where you want to place them. Depending on how tall your kids are, you will want to hang the baskets at about chest high. You can take a moment to number your baskets using a Sharpie or other permanent marker. This will remind the children which sequence to play the game.
Run the string through the bottom slats on the side of the basket and then tie it to the tree or post you’re attaching it to. Make sure the wedge on the back to the basket is toward the top at you attach the basket. This will offer the most slant on your basket and make it easier for the frisbee to stay inside.
Don’t forget to print out your free score cards.
Lastly, print out your free score cards to keep up with each player’s throws and then start playing the game. If you want to get really adventurous, you can put obstacles in the way to make reaching the basket more of a challenge. You can even tie the baskets facing away from each other so that your child must throw past the basket and then aim for the basket on their next throw.
If you have a small yard, you can tie the baskets on opposite sides of the yard and make them throw back and forth between them. There are endless possibilities for making this game fun and exciting. Let your imagination have at it.
I’d love you hear any suggestions you have for making the game more exciting. Since the baskets are just tied on with rope, it’s easy to move them around if you want to.