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Bottle Bowling

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If your kids love ten pin bowling, then here is an inexpensive alternative that you can play at home or in the park. Using recycled bottles, you can create your own skittles, and set up your own bowling court.

Ages: 4-11

Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor


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Tennis ball or baseball
3 - 10 500ml soft drink bottles
Water or rice (or similar)



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1) Fill your bottles with water or rice.

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2) Line up the bottles at the end of your garden/ playing area, in a triangular pattern.

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3) Decide on the distance you are going to stand away from the bottles, then aim, and roll your ball towards the bottles.

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4) Take it in turns, and the person who knocks down the most bottles wins.

Aim:Knock down the bottles with the tennis ball

Time: Endless/As long as you want

Players: Any

Why?: Uses recycled items and gets you outside

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Tips & Ideas:

The more water/rice you use to fill the bottles, the more difficult it will be to knock them over. You can therefore use this to decide the difficulty level of the game. It is also a way of setting handicaps for the better/older players.

If playing by yourself, why not increase the water/rice level each time to try and improve your game?

Why not play while you still have the fruit juice inside? Each time you knock a bottle over, you get to take a drink. (Note, for hygiene, only one person should drink from the same bottle).

There are multiple ways you can play this game:

a) Adjusting levels of water/rice
b) Rearranging the pattern of the bottles
c) Changing the numbers of the bottles

There are multiple ways to score this game:

a) Whoever knocks down the most bottles in a turn wins
b) accumulate points over a set number of rounds
c) Knock down all the bottles for bonus points

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