Teach your children to recognize letters and to practice their large motor skills by rolling a ball towards a target with the exciting indoor/outdoor activity from Let's Take It Outside!
Let's Go Bowling!
- 9-inch playground ball
- Craft paper, cut into six 5" x 15" strips
- Glue or tape
- Sidewalk chalk
- Six 2-liter soda bottles with caps
- Write a different letter onto each paper strip. Use letters the children are learning, and write the letters large enough to be seen easily from a distance.
- Wrap each paper around the middle of the bottle and attach it with glue or tape.
- Fill each bottler with about 3 inches of water. Cap tightly.
- Draw a bowling lane with chalk on the pavement, approximately 3 feet wide and 8 feet long.
- Set up the bottles (pins) at one end. Arrange the pins in a triangle shape with one bottle in front, two bottles behind it, and three bottles in the back row.
What to Do:
- Show the children how to roll the ball toward the target with one hand to the side or with both hands between their legs.
- When a child knocks over one of the bottles, ask her to name the letter written on it.
- Allow each child to keep rolling the ball until she knocks over one or more pins before moving on to the next player.
- Reset the pins and proceed until all children have had a sufficient number of turns.