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Seven Ways to Learn & Play with Golf Tees

Golf tees are a hidden gem! Yes, they are useful for golfers, but they were also a staple in my kindergarten & first grade classrooms! They are the perfect size for little hands & the benefits of using them are endless.


















Golf tees are the most perfect tool to help strengthen fine motor skills while you learn & play. The size of them is more manageable for young learners & help to place their fingers in a pincer grasp, which is used for writing.


Here are a few of our favorite ways to use them!


Play Dough Push:
























Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Play dough

  • Sensory tray or mat

How to:

  • Take your dough & smoosh it into a ball; this is also SO amazing for strengthening fine motor skills.

  • Grab the golf tees & push them in. Pull them back out & repeat.

Why this is great:

  • This activity is low prep & low pressure for kids. There are no rules, no expectations & can be done over & over again.

  • The sensory benefits paired with the fine motor work is incredible! Kids can smoosh & push & poke & pull...all things that work their fingers & hands. Those same fingers & hands will get stronger for when they have to feed themselves, zipper their coats, tie their shoes or write their name.

Want to extend your learning?:

  • Count the golf tees after you push them all in.

  • Call out a certain number & push that many in.

  • Roll a die, count the dots & push that many golf tees in.

  • Start with 10 golf tees in the dough. Roll a die & subtract that many to find the difference.

  • Roll two die & push the golf tees in, practicing addition.


Pom Pom Balance:













Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Play dough

  • Pom Poms

  • Sensory tray or mat

How to:

  • Take your dough & flatten it onto your tray; this is also SO amazing for strengthening fine motor skills.

  • Grab the golf tees & push them in. You can pick how many: for younger kids, start with 2-4 & increase for older kids.

  • Take a pom pom (look at that thumb & pointer finger working together!!) & balance it on top of the golf tee. This is trickier than it looks!!!

Why this is great:

  • This activity slows kids down & helps them work on important skills such as balance, coordination & patience.

  • The materials used are simple but impactful!

Want to extend your learning?:

  • Call out a certain color, find it & balance it. This is a great way to work on color identification as well.

  • Work on patterns while you balance.

  • Practice sorting by color.

  • See how many you can line up before one falls off.

Pool Noodle Push:













Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Pool noodle

  • Wooden mallet

How to:

  • This is a great no-mess, low-prep, impactful activity! Grab your pool noodle & push the tees in!

  • Use your fingers to push them in or use a wooden mallet.

Why this is great:

  • This activity is a perfect way to practice bilateral coordination (using both hands to do an activity). While they push or hammer with one hand, they need to hold the noodle with the other.

  • It is cost effective: grab a pool noodle from the Dollar Store, cut it up into pieces & multiple kids can do it at once!

Want to extend your learning?:

  • Write letters, numbers, shapes or sight words on the pool noodle. Call one out- search, read & poke!

  • Cut the pool noodle into slices. Challenge kids to build a tall tower using the pool noodles and the golf tees.

Foam Golf Tee Poke:












Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Foam block

  • Wooden mallet

How to:

  • This is similar to the pool noodle activity, it just uses the foam instead!

  • Use your fingers to push them in or use a wooden mallet.

Why this is great:

  • This activity is a perfect way to practice bilateral coordination (using both hands to do an activity). While they push or hammer with one hand, they need to hold the foam with the other.

  • It is cost effective: grab a piece of foam from the Dollar Store & you are ready to go!

Want to extend your learning?:

  • Write letters, numbers, shapes or sight words on the foam. Call one out- search, read & poke!

Egg Carton Golf Tee Push:













Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Egg carton

  • Wooden mallet

How to:

  • We love using what we have at home & egg cartons make a great base for this activity!

  • Use your fingers to push them in or use a wooden mallet.

Why this is great:

  • It is so versatile! You can let kids hammer away or add some purposeful academic instruction while they play.

  • This is safe away to help kids release their big emotions!

Want to extend your learning?:

  • Write letters, numbers, shapes or sight words on the egg carton. Call one out- search, read & poke!

Letter Formation:





















Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Play dough

How to:

  • Flatten your play dough on your tray or mat.

  • You can either show kids a visual or have them work off memory, depending on their skill level. Have them use the golf tee as a pencil and poke holes to create the letter.

Why this is great:

  • This activity practices writing skills without having to pick up a pencil!

  • It is engaging, fun, hands-on and strengthens fine motor skills as you learn.

  • It is low-prep & high impact.

  • Kids get the added benefits of sensory play as they work on the academic skills!

Want to extend your learning?:

  • After you write the letter, smoosh it back together and write the lowercase letter.

  • After you write the letter, brainstorm a word that begins with that letter.

  • Do this same activity with numbers, shapes, sight words or your name.

Letter Golf Tee Poke:


















Materials:

  • Golf tees

  • Play dough

  • Marker or pencil

  • Construction paper

How to:

  • Flatten your play dough on to your tray or mat.

  • Write a letter on a piece of construction paper & place it on top of the dough. Using your golf tee, poke holes while you trace the lines.

Why this is great:

  • It's sensory play, its fine motor skills, its academics...it's pure magic!!

  • It's engaging for kids & offers them a multi-sensory approach to learning.

Want to extend your learning?:

  • Write letters, numbers, shapes or sight words on the paper & practice those as well.

  • Use the poked papers to form a book. Next time you practice, trace the holes with your finger & say the name of the letter & its sound.

  • When you are done, draw a picture of something that begins with that letter.

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