Bowl a strike with this winter project

The weather has officially gotten frigid, and while it is occasionally fun to go outside and play in the snow with your kids, sometimes, it is simply too cold! During these cold winter months it’s not an easy job to find fun and creative ways to help my two children continue to learn, grow and not drive each other crazy!

Creating this simple snowman bowling set is a great way to get your children involved in an activity they will actually love to use.

Snowman Bowling Set

You Will Need:

  • Wooden Dowel (approximately 1 inch or larger in diameter and approximately 4 feet in length)
  • Craft paint (white, black, orange)
  • Felt
  • Foam paint brush
  • Small paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Saw (miter or hand held is fine)
  • Sandpaper

How To:

  1. Cut your 4 foot length of wooden dowel into six equal pieces, 8 inches long. Be sure to carefully cut the ends perpendicular so that they will stand upright.
  2. Sand the ends and corners of the dowel to take off any rough areas. These don’t need to be perfectly sanded as they will see a little wear and tear anyway.
  3. Using your foam brush, paint the dowels white. Let dry completely.
  4. Tape off a top section of your dowel (approximately 1 inch down from the top) and paint black paint from the tape up. This will be your snowman hat.
  5. Using the wrong end of a small paint brush, dip it in black paint and dab on the dowel for eyes, mouth and buttons.
  6. Use the right end of a small paint brush and orange paint to paint in a carrot nose. (No need for perfection!)
  7. Cut six pieces of felt about 8 inches long and ½ inch wide in various colors. Tie around the snowman for a scarf. Use a dab of hot glue to secure in place.
  8. Find an old ball and get ready to BOWL!

Only adults should carefully cut the wooden dowels, using safety goggles and proper preventative measures. But your children can help you paint and assemble the snowmen.

I can almost guarantee your kids will love bowling over snowman in the wintertime. And it will help give them one more activity to do when the dreaded “I’m bored …” starts being said.