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Bowl Down Milk Cartons

Age Range
3-9 yrs
Setup Time
Under a minute!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

Bowling has one of the longest and richest histories of all sports, dating back approximately 4,000 years ago to Greece and Rome. It is one of the few sports that allows you to compete at any age and become a pro. The game is enjoyed by everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens!

Believe it or not, bowling is a sport that touches on many aspects of kindergarten preparedness. Plus, it’s fun! You can use bowling as a hands-on excuse to work on some key skills.

Here are six skills and principles that bowling has the potential to introduce to your child:

  1. Self-confidence
  2. Patience
  3. Turn taking
  4. Sportsmanship
  5. Hand-eye coordination & balance
  6. Counting and simple math

This is a fun way to get children to play together!


  1. Label each milk carton ('bowling pin') with a number and corresponding dots from 1 to 10

  2. Have your child set up the cartons in sequence to form a triangle

  3. Your child can "spill the milk" by knocking down the cartons with a roll of the ball

  4. Let children take turns. For more fun, make teams and keep scores!

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.