Bottle Bowling

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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!



  • 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:

  1. Show the children how to roll the ball toward the target with one hand to the side or with both hands between their legs.
  2. When a child knocks over one of the bottles, ask her to name the letter written on it.
  3. Allow each child to keep rolling the ball until she knocks over one or more pins before moving on to the next player.
  4. Reset the pins and proceed until all children have had a sufficient number of turns.