In our household, we have something called “Creative Time.” This is when my son chooses an activity or a game he and I can play. This is my time to follow his lead in whatever creative project he wants to do.
This time, he pulled out his bowling game and said, “Let’s play!”
While playing the game we incorporated addition so my son could practice his math skills. If your child is not doing addition yet, use this game to practice counting and number recognition. Like all games we play, we had a blast!
I will show you how we played below!
Let’s get started!
- Bowling game set (you may also use paper cups as an alternative)
How to play:
- On a piece of paper, draw separate columns and put each player’s initial at the top to keep score
- Set up the ten pins
- Have the first player roll the first ball towards the pins
- Have the first player roll the second ball towards the pins (the bowling game comes with two balls)
- The number of pins a player knocks down is the person’s score that round.
- For example, if a player knocks down eight pins then their score is eight for that round.
- Record the score in that player’s column on paper.
- The next player will go and repeat the previous five steps.
- My son added both our bowling scores for all the rounds.
- It was a great way to practice addition.
- Below is what my son wrote.
- Have your child count the number of pins knocked down for each round if you want to do number recognition instead of addition.
My son created a spin-off addition game. You will hear about that next week!
Have Fun with this Activity!
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