Thanksgiving is in less than a week...it is time for the Turkey Bowl! Preschoolers experiment with inertia, momentum, and direction without even knowing about it! While you can always "debrief" afterwards, it is important to let young children discover their world naturally...through play! Remember that babies discover gravity by throwing things down over This game (with a Thanksgiving twist!) exposes children to concepts in physics while strengthening their gross motor skills and giving them a chance to take turns. Even better, it appeals to a range of ages, so you can play it in a family setting too!
First, make your "turkey pins" by taping pictures of turkeys to toilet paper tubes. You can print a set of turkeys here for free!
Second, line up your pins and let your children take turns "bowling" them down! Offer them a variety of balls with different sizes and weights.
Third, stack the pins and let your children take turns "bowling" them down! Offer the same variety of balls.
You can take turns bowling, too! Older children can set up a bracket and chart wins and losses. Enjoy the games!