To create two bowling lanes, you will need:
Before the party:
- 2 rubber balls, such as playground balls or small basketballs
- 20 empty 2-liter clear plastic soda bottles
- a can of white spray paint
- a red permanent marker
- one bag of gravel or sand
At the party:
- Spray paint the soda bottles white.
- After they dry, use the red marker to draw two thick lines around the top of the bottles to resemble a bowling pin.
- Pour one cup of sand or gravel into each bottle to help them stand without falling over.
- Divide the guests into teams and let them bowl!
- Set up ten soda bottles in the triangle format used at a bowling alley. If desired, use masking tape to mark the lanes.
- Have the children line up by team, and roll the rubber ball towards the bowling pins. The goal is to knock down as many pins as possible, and each child gets to roll twice per turn.
- If anyone rolls a strike ( a strike means that all ten pins are knocked down on the first throw), let that child take another turn.
- It is not necessary to keep score for younger children. They will simply enjoy the fun of the game. Children ages 8 and up will probably want to keep score, and you may want to have a small prize ready for members of the winning team.
- A full game consists of ten turns per player, but this may require quite a long time. Consider shortening the game to five turns per person.