What child doesn't love bowling? Many homes already own the plastic bowling pins for toddlers and preschoolers, just like we do, so I thought that I would share some great tips of how to turn this loved game into learning time.
5 Ways to Learning with Plastic Bowling Pins for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Hand-eye Coordination – Have the child learn to stack their own pins, but include further instructions for him to make straight lines, in circles, triangles or squares.
- Colors – Ask the child to place a blue pin, then a red pin and then a yellow pin, for color recognition. Encourage him to sort the colored pins according to the colors in different areas. Then tell him to knock down the blue ones… the red ones… and then the yellow ones.
- Patterns – Have the child alternate the colors to form a pattern – first a blue, then a red and then a yellow and then have the child repeat the pattern on his own.
- Count – Have the child count the different colors to know how many of each there are. Have him count how many he knocked down. Count how many are left up?
- Math – Have the child count how many pins there are (10) and then when they roll the ball and knock down the pins, have him do subtraction to find out how many they knocked down or how many is left standing. You could be begin to introduce percentages with bowling, as well. If the child knocks down 6 pins, he has knocked down 60% of the pins. Ask how many percent does he still have to knock down? (40%) If some is still left standing, you can ask again, how many percent are still standing.
Before you know it, bowling will become a great part of learning colors, patterns and even math. And that is a ‘good thing ‘.
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