How to Play Backwards Bowling

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Indoors, Outdoors
Skills: Physical

What you'll need:
6 snack cans with lids
Rubber ball
Masking tape

Background:
They'll feel proud practicing this adult sport on a smaller scale and they'll improve their large-motor skills in the process. Create your own bowling alley for children to practice aiming and rolling a ball.

Setting up:
Collect six snack cans with lids, and a rubber ball. Choose an area of the house or yard where a ball will roll easily. Mark the boundaries with masking tape. Then set the snack cans at one end of the "bowling lane."

What to do:
Give one child the rubber ball and allow him or her two turns to roll the ball and try to knock over all the cans. Count the number of cans that were knocked over and then assist the child in setting the cans back up for the next child. Continue until everyone has had a chance to bowl.

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