How do have kindergarteners demonstrate physics concepts? With a miniature golf course, of course!
In December 2021, my kindergarteners demonstrated their understanding of push and pull forces by making a class miniature golf course.
Our culminating project was a miniature golf course. We watched some videos of mini golf courses and people playing real golf too to get ideas.
I had real golf balls, but we strategized using objects in the classroom to make the other parts. Long wooden blocks made great golf clubs, and the kids used baskets, cups and paper tubes as the hole.
Their favorite part may have been designing the hole "numbers" with their partners because they were each responsible for one hole in the course.
I borrowed cones from our P.E. teacher for each hole number. The kids drew their number designs on index cards. We taped them to popsicle sticks to put on the cones.
What I learned:
Photos were kindly taken by one of my student's parents, S. Smith Patrick.