27/11/2013 05:07 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

​Games For Children: Learning Numbers By Playing Skittles

I have been looking for more fun ways to practice some numeral recognition with my son and I think this mini-skittle game is something he will really enjoy. It is a great way of up-cycling some old yoghurt drink pots too.

  • First I painted the empty pots with a 50:50 mixture of paint and Mod Podge glue.
  • When dry I attached a polystyrene ball to the top with craft glue.
  • Glue heads to pots.
  • Then I simply added some googly eyes.
  • Drew on faces and finally painted each with a number from 1 to 6.
  • Add faces and paint on numbers.

Now we are ready to roll! We will probably use a small bouncy-ball as our bowling ball.

I am hoping for my son, aged two and a half, that this will be a great way to practice number recognition and see if he can tell me the numbers on the skittles that he manages to knock down.

For younger children this would make a good way to practice colour recognition.

This could also be easily adapted for older children too where you could practice some simple addition, adding up the numbers of those that you manage to knock down.

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