Mini Bowling

Summary: Go bowling using empty water bottles and a ball.


  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Sand/rice/etc. for weights
  • Ball


  1. Arrange bottles in a shape of your choice. Fill the bottles with weights if you want to make the game harder.
  2. Have students take turns “bowling” with a ball.
  3. Try to make the game interesting by including different twists:
    1. Try different shape arrangements.
    2. You have to bowl between your legs or facing backwards.
    3. Introduce a challenge, like knocking down only one pin.

Debrief Questions:

  • Did you notice we used recycled materials? What other games or crafts could we play using these materials?
  • Did you like playing as a team or on your own? Are some things done better in a team or better by yourself?

Grade Level: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd

Activity Length: Short (<15 minutes)

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9), Small (2-4), Pairs

Energy Level: Medium