Sure, bowling is fun. Practice friendly competition, have a little pizza, and bond with the family by sporting ugly shoes together, but there are practical lessons in bowling like basic arithmetic. (I can already hear kids whining.) Grab this opportunity to teach math outside of the classroom. Walk through simple subtraction every time they bowl and addition when tallying scores. Teach geometry when they aim the ball into the leading pin. Of course, bowling also teaches patience, taking turns and sportsmanship. Practice with your little ones at home before you hit the lanes, so they know how to play and what to expect. Here’s how to make your kids a little bowling set.
What you need:
10 empty, plastic, water bottles (white, pint-sized, milk-bottles will do and skip painting step)
Water-based, low VOC, white paint
Electrical or painter’s tape
Carefully peel labels off bottles. Set caps aside. (If using white, plastic, pint-sized bottles, skip next step.) With an adult’s help, spoon 3-4 tablespoons of white paint into bottles. Add half a tablespoon of water. Cap securely. Shake bottle vigorously until the inside of the bottle is covered in white paint. Be sure you don’t crush the bottle when shaking. Repeat for each bottle. When all bottles are done, affix 2 strips of tape around the bottle about a third down it’s height. Separate each strip about the same width of the tape.
Have the kids arrange the pins in a triangle, one pin for the apex of the triangle at the very front and ending in four at its widest at the very back. If your children are too little, mark the spots with tape on the floor so all they have to do is stand up a pin over it. Use any ball handy the size of a soccer ball. They’re ready to bowl.
AMF Showplace Lanes off Braker Lane in Austin has $8 per person (shoes included) All You Can Bowl Weeknights, Sunday through Thursday from open to close. Have fun on a weeknight for the last week of summer vacation (and maybe stay up late?) before the kids have to hit the books.
If they can roll a ball, then they’re not too young to start. PBA (Professional Bowler’s Association) Pro-bowler Jason Belamonte, who also writes a blog on the AMF website, was ‘bowled over’ by the sport when he was only 18 months old. So, this weekend only, don’t forget to bring the children for Kid’s Fest. This Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm, kids who attend will get 1 FREE hour of bowling (shoes included), $1 hotdogs and $1 small sodas.
Encourage the kids to join a league for the Fall. It is important to balance their schoolwork with physical exercise. Kids who sign up for a league this Saturday will get 2 FREE practice games and the chance to win a NEW, custom bowling ball valued at $159. Call AMF Showplace Lanes at (512) 834-7733 for details on Kid’s Fest, weeknight and weekend specials, birthday parties, hours, and lane availability. AMF Showplace Lanes is located at 9504 North I-H 35 Austin, TX 78753.
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