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Rainy Day or Any Day: Indoor Bowling


Simon re-discovered his bowling set today, and Jeramy and I constructed a makeshift bowling alley out of wooden building blocks. This was a perfect activity for a rainy day such as we were having.

Simon helped us arrange the blocks into two straight lines, and then we showed him how to stand at the opposite end from the pins and roll the ball toward them. It took some excited encouragement and a bit of role-modeling for him to understand, but he eventually got it and loved the idea. (Previously, he would knock the pins down with the ball in his hand, wrecking-ball style…which is fun too.)

Not only is indoor bowling fun, but it also encourages hand-eye coordination and gross-motor skill development.

If you don’t have a bowling set, any ball will do, and pins can be empty soda bottles, paper towel tubes, blocks stood on end…anything unbreakable and knockdownable that you have on hand.

This is a perfect activity for a kid to use some energy when cooped up indoors on a rainy day.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

7 thoughts on “Rainy Day or Any Day: Indoor Bowling

  1. ah! the godzilla bowler! Teagan used to do that, still does at almost 3. She did eventually learn, but prefers to do the godzilla.

    Yay for bowling!!!

    • “Godzilla-Bowler” I love that!

      • He he he he…. Well, toddlers are part Godzilla aren’t they?

        LOVE the idea of putting blocks down to make an alley. We did it without the blocks. I had just made a new set of pins with empty bottles and I may just make an alley like you did on our next rainy day 🙂

      • The alley is definitely not a necessity, but it helped him understand the “rules” of the game and to aim a bit better. We have bowled both ways 🙂

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