Monday, July 14, 2014

Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (Read and Play)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


Monsoon season has started here in the desert. That means lots, and lots, and lots of rain... I love it. It's great. But for the kids, being cooped up in the house all day, all afternoon, day after day... Well... At least we are getting rain. That does not happen all that often. What indoor activities do you do on rainy days?

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


We have been making good use of our local library and little man loves it. One book we picked up is Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand (affiliate). How perfect? I used to work at the local bowling alley for the summer when I was pregnant with him. He hasn't even been to a bowling alley yet!

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I decided (based on some bottle saving a year ago) to make some bowling pins using PediaSure Nutrition Chocolate Drink, 8 oz bottles (affiliate).

Here is our process... There are so many out there, but this is what we did. :)

Once you have drunk the contents (this part took a while as these drinks were a treat), remove the wrapper and wash thoroughly inside and outside. Then dry. I washed them in the dishwasher and let them air dry.

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

Once they are dry, paint them how you want to paint them. I love these little paints! I used Folk Art Multi Surface Paint, 2-Ounce (affiliate) in licorice, that was what little man picked. Since I was enlisting the assistance from him for the painting, it made sense to him to pick. He wanted to help and loves to paint. Plus this is more for him than anything else. Sure, the lines aren't perfect. Hope you don't mind. ;)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

Once the paint is dry, you can add sand or some type of filler to weigh them down. Otherwise they topple over super easily. We decided not to weight them.

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


Then, set them up and roll a ball to them to knock them down! So much fun! You can mark the spots with tape, or on a cardboard alley. we just played however we set them up.

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


extension: difficulty at different distances.
pick several different types of balls and make predictions. Which one will knock the pins down easier? Which one will be harder to make it to the pins? etc. Explore and have fun! :)