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.