April 9, 2013

Ice Bowling

Gross Motor Games for Summer

Bowling with ICE - a DIY bowling game for summer!

I love creating gross motor games for my boys.  One of the first posts I ever wrote was about ice bowling.  Ice bowling is a simple twist on the traditional game, and it is perfect for hot summer days!

Beat the heat while staying active with bowling balls made of ICE - so cool!

How to Play Ice Bowling

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Ice bowling - gross motor fun for a hot summer day

The first time we played ice bowling I used a toy bowling set that JZ was given.  This time I made my own pins by filling used water bottles with colored water.

Ice Bowling - gross motor game for summer

To make the balls of ice I filled up water balloons and put them in the freezer overnight.  For added fun I add a few drops of food coloring to the balloon before filling.  The next day I cut the water balloons off and was left with frozen balls of ice.

JZ (5) takes ice bowling very seriously, and he counted the knocked over pins each time and then lined them up again determined to knock more over on his next turn.

To make the ice bowling balls slide easily I sprayed the ground with the hose before we played.

One of the things I am determined to do this summer is play with my kids every day.  Lately my older two boys are really into games, so I try to set aside time each day to play a game with them.

DIY Ice bowling game for summer

Look at that face.  Is there a better way to spend my day?


What kind of gross motor games do you like to play with your children?  I'd love for you to share an idea or two in the comments.

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More gross motor games for summer:

Hula Hoop Games ~ Pool Noodle Obstacle Course ~ Water Balloon Basketball


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  1. This looks like fun! I love all the action shots.

  2. Lovely pictures, I bet there were some cold toes by the end!

  3. This is just awesome. What a wonderfully fun summer game. I hope you'll consider sharing this at Look What We Did, a month long link up offered by HammockTracks. I am positive that the readers there will enjoy this, too. Savannah @ ww.hammocktracks.com/buttons/

  4. This is such an amazingly creative idea - LOVE it!! I am featuring this on TGIF today here: http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/04/tgif-linky-party-72.html - feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like.

    Thanks for linking up and I hope to see you linked up again soon!!
    Have a great weekend,
    Beth =)

  5. This is just wonderful!! I pinned it already, and it's on my list of things to do with my son this summer. Thanks for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday!

  6. That just looks like such good fun! Not quite warm enough here yet, but this'd be a blast in the summer. I can feel some competitive summer fun coming on! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party

  7. This looks awesome! Can't believe I missed it somehow before. Thanks so much for sharing at Discover & Explore. I'll be featuring you on Tuesday. I hope you'll stop by next week and share for the Build It theme.

  8. This is a really "cool" idea! haha...we may have to give this a try!


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