DIY Indoor Bowling Game Kids Activity

This indoor bowling game is fun to have on hand for rainy days or boredom busters. Kids can help make the pins, and use counting and sorting skills to set up the game. Create a simple bowling game with recycled containers for some indoor rainy day fun.

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Keep a few indoor games at your fingertips for indoor play.

It helps to be prepared for days when the weather does not allow outdoor play, or when you just need to shake up a restless afternoon indoors.

This bowling game is easy to make, and practically mess-free to play.

You can add math play to the game by using numbered bowling pins.

Game pieces in a cardboard box or plastic bin until game time. 

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Kids can help label the pins, set them up, and knock them down over and over!

Play the game for fun, while you support early learning skills: math, fine motor and gross motor.


Indoor bowling game


make bowling pins with containers and self adhesive numbers for indoor kids activity


The only materials needed for this game are containers, a set of self-adhesive numbers, and a medium size soft ball.  

Large numerals are easy for toddlers and preschoolers to recognize. They can even be traced with a finger.

We used a snack container as a pin but we offer other suggestions below.


supplies for indoor bowling game

If snack containers are not available, try some other options for bowling pins: one-liter milk cartons, cardboard tubes, spaghetti or cereal boxes.

Experiment with various containers to see which ones balance well on the floor.

  • This will depend on the container you choose and your floor covering (smooth or carpeted).


Bowling game easy to make for indoor play with toddlers and preschoolers


Learning through play:
  • Set the pins up in order from 1 to 10.
  • Count the number of toppled pins. 
  • Create new patterns for the pins as you set them up.
  • Use only even or odd numbers.


Having a few kid-led games ready will help kids take the initiative to plan and create their own play times.

Make a rainy day a fun day with an indoor bowling game.


Indoor bowling game to make with recyclables for kids

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