Bowling is a great game for gross motor skills. It develops eye hand coordination as well as strengthens legs and arms. There are many ways to make a homeade bowling set. Here are a few:

For the Pins:

1.) Water bottles: use old water bottles! You can fill them with a little colored water and glitter for extra fun. Make sure you tape the lids on well and don’t leave these with very young children.

2.) Paper towel or toilet paper rolls. You can decorate with anything and set these up to knock over again and again.

3.) Paper cups (how about all those coffee cups from each morning–save them and wash them and recycle the fun)

4.) Any used containers like plastic orange juice bottles, yogurt bottles, ketchup, etc.


Get creative and have a blast recycling items around the home for a great game.


For the Ball:

Use balls of all sizes and think outside the box like using old socks rolled up. You might even create a whole new set of rules!

More ideas and information can be found in my books:

1.) My Baby Moves: Toddler Games

Gross motor activities using many popular songs and games with all lyrics and ways to incorporate these into playtime with your child. Don’t miss the opportunities every day to interact and help your child grow stronger through songs and games you are familiar with but might not fully remember!

To download this book, click HERE


2.) Early Intervention Basics: Birth to 12 Months

This is a guide to all five areas of development for infants 0-12 months. This covers a description of basic skills for each of the five areas: Cognitive, Motor, Social/Emotional, Self-Help, and Communication. Along with the skills, ideas for helping a child attain these skills are given. More emphasis is given to the motor domains; but all areas of development are discussed. This guide is designed for easy reading and can be used by a student, parent, or therapist wanting to explore some ideas for helping a child expand his or her developmental skills.

To download this book, click HERE