Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement/Math.
- recycled plastic juice or soda bottles
- small and medium-sized balls
Objective: Using recycled materials, children will learn about the game of bowling-which will encourage the development of math concepts, cooperative play, and coordination.
In Advance: Send a note home to parents requesting that they donate empty plastic juice or soda bottles for the children to use as bowling pins. Twenty bottles will enable you to set up two "bowling lanes" with 10 pins each.
1 During group time, write the word bowling on a sheet of chart paper. Ask the children if anyone has ever played this game and if he can share what he knows about it. Discuss that bowling is played indoors at a place called a bowling alley that has a lot of bowling lanes.
2 Explain to the children that they will have the opportunity to play an outdoor bowling game using rubber balls and the plastic bottles they have been collecting. Take 10 plastic bottles and show the children how bowling pins are set up from one pin in the front to four pins in the fourth and final row. Invite groups of children to practice laying out this pattern with additional plastic bottles or blocks.
3 Set up two outdoor bowling lanes on the playground. Use colored chalk to draw the separate lanes and to mark places for the pins.
4 Invite the children to help set up the bottles using the patterns they practiced in the classroom. Explain that each child will have a turn rolling the ball down the lane to knock over the bottles. If they knock over all the bottles at once, it's called a strike.
5 Ask the children to sit near the lane until it is their turn to bowl. Draw a line with colored chalk to indicate where they should stand to roll their ball. After a child has had her turn, she can help set up the bowling pins for the next child.
6 Model good sportsmanship by encouraging all the children to applaud each classmate's efforts. Adults should join in the game too. Serve juice and a snack and have a bowling party!
Remember: Children can use this bowling activity both indoors and outdoors. Provide children with materials to create outdoor games that encourage cooperative play and skill development.
Math: Bottle Patterns Invite the children to create different patterns using the plastic bottles. Continue the bowling game using these varied patterns. Help the children count how many pins have been knocked down and how many remain standing.