Matthew enjoys playing with this bowling set that he received from his Auntie Lisa. The 10 pins are lightweight and colorful. The ball is easy enough for little toddler hands to hold.
Initially, Matthew didn't understand the concept of using the ball to knock the pins down. He just knocked them down with his arms. He still does that these days just for fun but he uses the ball more. In the video, you'll see that his idea of taking out the pins with the ball is the best way to guarantee a strike or at least a spare. He is also learning to set up the pins himself. And when I set up the pins for him, he usually waits for me to finish before knocking them down.
I like this set because it is:
- good for hand-eye coordination.
- another toy for learning colors.
- good practice for gross motor skills.
- a good tool for teaching concentration and patience, especially when setting up the pins.
- easy to disinfect with Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface if needed.
Other ways we have discovered to play with this set include:
- setting up the pins and knocking them down with a big truck or scooter.
- banging the pins together to make "music".
- matching colors.
- watching each pin go tumbling down the stairs (a game Matthew discovered by himself).
- bopping the cat with a bowling pin (not a game I encourage but it is amusing to watch). Thankfully, our cat, Yuri, is very patient with Matthew.