Teach Your Toddler Numbers with Mini-Skittles!

I have been looking for more fun ways to practice some numeral recognition with W 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.

Empty yoghurt drink pots

First I painted the empty pots with a 50:50 mixture of paint and Mod Podge glue.

paint yoghurt pots

When dry I attached a polystyrene ball to the top with craft glue.

Glue heads to pots

Then I simply added some googley eyes…

Add googley 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 W, aged 2.5, 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.

For more play-based learning ideas why not check out my Learn to Play Page here and my pinterest board here.

Also we are linking to Pin It Tuesday.

Teach Your Toddler Numbers


  1. says

    Oooh, I love the versatility of this project. There are so many different directions you could take it. You could (maybe) even attach some velcro to the front of each bottle and make different cards to work on different skills. All in all, a win. I am pinning this for reference later on. I’m visiting from the pin it party and my pinterest id is http://pinterest.com/slashbrook/ 🙂


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