Thursday, August 21, 2014

National Bowling Week

Whew, maybe now things will calm down. Our Japanese exchange student has flown home, the big TpT sale is over, and our first week of school is almost completed. August is on the way out, but we have one more August wacky week to celebrate – National Bowling Week!

Bowling has been around for about 5000 years, since ancient times. At first in the U.S. a wooden ball was used, then a rubber ball, and eventually, in 1914, a mineralite ball was introduced. In the 1950's, the American Machine and Foundry Company, AMF, purchased patents to the automatic pinspotter and television stations began broadcasting bowling shows.

There are many forms of bowling with the most common being ten-pin bowling. Each game is divided into ten frames in which the bowler has two chances to knock down all ten pins. The number of pins knocked down in each frame is recorded and a running total is kept. The player with the highest score in his game wins the match. If a player knocks down all of the pins on the first roll, a strike, the player's score will be 10 plus the total pins knocked down on the next two rolls in the next frames. When all pins are knocked down using both rolls in the frame, a spare, the player's score for that frame will be 10 plus the number of pins knocked down on the first roll of the next frame. If a player makes a spare or strike in the last frame, he is given one more roll if a spare and two more rolls if a strike to add to their scores.

Bowling is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages for leisure or competitively. Today, over 95 million people enjoy bowling.

Try these two website bowling games (the first game is the easier of the two):

And here are two books to read during bowling week:

Emma goes bowling with her dad.

Irma sees a balloon - watch out!

And finally, you have to bowl during Nat'l Bowling Week:

Fill 10 plastic bottles with water and label the bottles 1 – 10. Tape down 2 lines of masking tape to create an alley. Tape down ten pieces of tape shaped as “X”es and labeled 1 – 10. These are for easy placement of the bottles at the start of each frame. Have score cards printed out ahead of time with children's names. (Create 4-5 of these alleys; with more alleys, there will be less waiting.) Each alley needs a tennis ball in lieu of a bowling ball. Before beginning the games, the adult should explain scoring and also the importance of rotating so that each person has the opportunity to serve as a pinspotter (or in this case a bottlespotter).

My kids and I bowled with a play bowling set I bought at the thrift store for fifty cents, but making your own bowling set sounds fun. I thought we would have troubles with noone wanting to be the pinspotter. Wrong! They all wanted to be the pinspotter!

Check out these bowling items:

Fun worksheets

See you at the alley !

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