Block Bowling

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In this activity learners will build structures out of blocks and then roll balls to try to knock them down. Learners will use science process skills such as problem solving and cause and effect as they construct and deconstruct. Activity includes caregiver prompts and extension ideas. This activity is appropriate for ages 0-3 with adult supervision. Costs can be reduced using recycled materials.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Blocks
  • Large soft balls like soccer balls or beach balls
  • Tape (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Games


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