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Deconstruction Bowling Game for Kids

Deconstruction Bowling Game for Kids

Everyone likes bowling – especially kids! Partly because we get to knock stuff down!

Level Of Difficulty: EasyMediumDifficult

Time Until Ready: Under 1 Hour

Recommended Age: 3 to 8 years

Everyone likes bowling – especially kids! Partly because we get to knock stuff down! So, we’ve invented a new kind of bowling we call ‘Deconstruction Bowling’. Sure, kids love to build things, but knocking things over is always the end goal and causes all the laughs, right? Don’t miss our secret variation ‘Wrecking Ball Bowling’ described below. Your kids love both versions!

What you need:

Step 1

Set up an alley for your deconstruction bowling. Even though we had a nice wood floor hallway, we found that our son’s trucks made a great themed alley way for the bowling game. He loved it.

Deconstruction Bowling Game for Kids

Step 2

Set up the 6 cones in a pyramid (1 cone in front, 2 behind that, and finally 3 behind that). If you want to make it just like bowling, just add 4 more cones in the back row.

Deconstruction Bowling Game for Kids

Step 3

Let the deconstruction begin!

Deconstruction Bowling Game for Kids

Rules

Deconstruction bowling is similar to regular bowling, but super simple!

  • Each player gets 10 frames. Each frame has up to 2 throws. Just like bowling.
  • Strike (all cones knocked down on first throw) = 10 points
  • If a second throw is needed, the player gets 1 point for every cone knocked over. Therefore, their score will be between 0 and 6 if a second throw is needed. There is no additional bonus for a spare.
  • There are no bonus points for consecutive spares or strikes, etc. We just found that too complicated for the little guys.
  • Maximum points = 100. 10 frames x 10 strikes = 100.
Deconstruction Bowling Game for Kids

Variations

Try tying a ball to a string to create a ‘wrecking ball’. Mom or Dad can help by holding the string so the ball hangs just in front of the first construction cone. Let your little one pull the ball back and release it to knock down the cones. We call this ‘Wrecking Ball Bowling’. The scoring is exactly the same as ‘Deconstruction Bowling’.

Make up your own scoring and/or rules. Truth be told, the kids just love to try and knock down the cones. It’s the adults that want to keep score!

Author: Ranea Haight

I found my belief in the importance of pretend play through two paths. First, during my childrens’ formative years, I developed an appreciation for crafting, games and dress-up as I saw my kids confidence grow as they succeeded on their imaginary adventures.

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