Indoor Games for Kids

Mini Miniature Bowling

Kids can make their own miniature bowling alley.
Kids can make their own miniature bowling alley.
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Mini miniature bowling allows kids to practice their math skills while playing this fun indoor game. Making a cardboard bowling alley can be a great way to start.

What You'll Need:

  • Black crayon
  • 10 foam cups
  • Craft glue
  • 2 pieces of cardboard (approximately 10 or more inches square)
  • Transparent tape
  • Black and red markers
  • 4 Ping-Pong balls
  • 2 large books
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Step 1: Use a black crayon to number the cups from one to 10 on the upper inside of each cup. Glue the cups to a piece of cardboard. Allow the glue to dry, then run a strip of tape around all the cups to hold them in place.Step 2: Color two Ping-Pong balls with the black marker and two balls with the red marker.

Step 3: Use a book to prop up your cardboard at a 45-degree angle so the seven through 10 cups are at floor level and cup number one is raised.

Step 4: Make a ramp with the remaining cardboard, book, and tape. Tape one end of the cardboard on the floor, with the book underneath the other end to form a ramp. The angle of this ramp shouldn't be as steep as that of the cups, and the end of the ramp should be 5 to 7 inches away from the cups.Step 5: Each player takes a turn rolling the balls up the ramp and into the cups. After rolling two balls, a player adds up (the cup numbers are added) and writes down his or her score before the other player bowls. The player with the highest score wins.

Making a bowling alley provides a great way to practice math skills. Continue reading to learn about a game that tests your coordination skills.

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