DIY Indoor Bowling Game Counting 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.

Indoor bowling rainy activity to make for kids

This post contains affiliate links. Privacy and Disclosure


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

RelatedBean Bag Game of Toss

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

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

Using numbered bowling pins promotes the use of fine motor, gross motor, and math skills.

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

Materials can be stored in a cardboard box or plastic bin until game time. 


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


The only materials needed for this game are containers and a set of self-adhesive numbers.  

The 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-litre milk cartons, cardboard tubes, spaghetti or cereal boxes.

Experiment with various containers to see which ones balance well on the floor, considering whether your floor covering is carpet or a smooth surface.


Bowling game for indoor play with 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.


 Indoor Play on Pinterest

Share this page

Share this page