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Bowling Game
Type: Games   Skills: Math & Numbers
Getting kids excited about math can be easier than you might think. In this activity, a simple game of bowling turns into a fun exploration of math concepts! Bowling Game
What We Learn
Understanding patterns
Supply List
Construction paper
10 plastic water bottles
Duct tape
Rubber ball
Take a piece of cardboard big enough to make a grid for your 10 bowling pins.

Choose two colors of construction paper. Take a water bottle and trace around its base making five circles of each color, for a total of 10 circles.

Cut out the circles and position the circles in an arrangement similar to a bowling pin line-up. Glue the circles to the cardboard grid. This completes your bowling pin grid where you will line up the bowling pins.

You can easily make your own bowling pins by using empty plastic bottles. Get 10 empty plastic water bottles or plastic soda bottles – all the same size. Make sure the bottles are clean and dry first.

Place a funnel in the bottle opening. Fill the bottom quarter of the bottle with sand. You only want the bottom quarter full so that the bottles are able to stand upright, but can still be easily knocked over by a ball.

Secure the cap tightly on the bottle. Use duct tape to cover the cap and seal to make sure the cap doesn’t twist loose.

Next, decorate the bowling pin bottles. Wrap each bottle with sheets of construction paper. Use the same two colors of construction paper you have used when creating your bowling pin grid. Use glue or tape to secure the construction paper around the bottle. You’ll end up with five bowling pins in one color and five pins in your other color.

Find a clear play area for your bowling pin “alley.” Place the cardboard bowling pin grid at one end. Ask the kids to set up the bowling pins based on matching colors. Provide a small ball, such as a rubber kick ball, and let the bowling begin!

The repeating pattern of 2 colors is very simple, but one that will take some time for young children to grasp. Once they’ve understood the concept, you can make it more challenging for them by adding more colors, changing up the patterns, and even adding more bottles.

You can incorporate math into the activity by asking questions such as how many bottles did you knock down? How many red bottles did you knock down? How many yellow bottles are still standing? You can add numbers to the bowling pins. The great thing about this activity is that it can be tailored to your child’s specific needs and level of understanding.
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