Skittles is a simple game that has captivated players since Ancient Egypt! A great boredom buster, it exercises a child’s cognitive and motor skills as they try to work out how to knock down the most pins. It’s a game the whole family can enjoy, too.
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If you don’t have a skittles set, make your own. Fill nine plastic bottles to around 5cm deep with water, rice or sand, then get bowling!
About the activity
In an open outdoor space, get your child/children to arrange the skittles (or bottles) in a loose triangle or diamond space, with space between each skittle. Standing four or five meters back, players take it in turns to roll the ball towards the skittles, aiming to knock down as many as they can. A point is awarded for every skittle knocked over. Whoever has the most points after ten rounds wins the game! Children could play several games, standing further back from the skittles each time.