Strike 'em Down & Add 'em Up!

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In this activity, reuse two-liter bottles to create bowling pins. Learners practice math skills and develop a concept of verifying answers, while bowling and keeping score. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Ten used two-liter bottles (clean and dry)
  • Sand
  • Small to medium rubber ball
  • Wide-point permanent marker
  • Masking tape
  • Paper and pencil


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Number and Operations
      • Operations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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