Remote learning: Game design for outside and inside spaces

With learning being based in the home, it is important that students can still engage with learning that they have co-constructed. This activity of developing and designing an outdoor game demonstrates a student showing agency for their own learning, and being active and engaged socially with others, especially their family.

The student began by generating ideas, producing game plans including diagrams and identifying items for construction. Use of common household items such as kitchen, cleaning and garden tools, recyclables and natural materials were considered as the plans were developed. Consideration of available space, prior knowledge of mini-golf courses, obstacle courses or marble runs and the use of technology to search unknown information were all part of the designing process. After construction and using the course, the student was asked to reflect upon the task and consider the successes, things that did not work and anything that could improve the game.

“It was enjoyable to be able to explore my creativity, use different materials and it was satisfying to see the final result as I had imagined it.” Anthony, student

The learning experience of Anthony drew on several aspects of the Australian Curriculum and he was able to consolidate his learning and develop a range of skills in an interdisciplinary way.

Learning area



Key skills and learning


Design and Technologies

Processes and production skills

Creating design solutions by:

generating and designing

Generate, develop and communicate designs for a 9-hole mini- golf course



Producing and Implementing

Select appropriate materials and techniques to produce the designs




Review and revise the designs


Number and algebra

Number and place value

Develop a scoring system (par) for each of the holes


Measurement and geometry

Using units of measurement

Design holes with differing length



Location and transformation

Interpret the diagrams and identify the relative positions of the obstacles



Geometric reasoning

Identify angles used in the development of mini golf holes.


Focus areas: Active play and minor games,

Games and sports

Moving our body sub-strand: Refining movement skills and developing movement concepts and strategies


At each hole, practice your putting stroke and look to get the lowest score possible



Learning through movement sub-strand: Critical and creative thinking in movement


General capabilities




Critical and Creative Thinking


identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas

Pose questions


Identify and clarify information and ideas


Organise and process information

Explore mini-golf courses


Develop knowledge and understanding around the design of mini-golf course holes


Generating ideas, possibilities and actions element

Imagine possibilities and connect ideas


Consider alternatives


Seek solutions and put ideas into action

Design and create a mini-golf course in your backyard


Reflecting on thinking and processes element



Reflect on processes



Transfer knowledge into new contexts

Use knowledge of mini-golf courses and draw connections to the backyard course


Reflect on choices


Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures element

Draw conclusions and design a course of action


Evaluate procedures and outcomes


Look at problems from multiple perspectives, and modify plans when problems arise

Use a range of resources


Evaluate the effectiveness of the design process