Turn Pool Noodles Into a Backyard Bowling Alley for Kids

Use a yoga mat, pool noodles and chip cans to create a fun and colorful backyard bowling alley.

DIY BOWLING ALLEY

DIY BOWLING ALLEY

Put that yoga mat that’s rolled up in your closet to good use! A few simple materials and you’ve got a fun activity the kids can do on the patio, deck or yard. It’s also perfect for rainy days indoors! DIY SXS LINK HERE

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Materials Needed

  • yoga mat
  • 10 chip cans
  • 3 pool noodles
  • (1) small ball
  • decorative paper
  • number stickers
  • double-sided tape
  • toothpicks
  • speed square
  • measuring tape
  • serrated knife
DIY Kiddie Bowling Alley Materials

DIY Kiddie Bowling Alley Materials

Materials & Tools Needed Yoga Mat 10 chip cans 3 Pool Noodles Small Ball Decorative paper Number stickers Double sided tape Toothpicks Speed Square or Miter box Serrated knife

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Prep Cans

Remove the lids from the chip cans. Cut each piece of decorative paper to size, enough to cover the whole can and overlap itself by one inch. Apply double-sided tape to the wrong side of the paper on each edge. Press the first side onto the container and wrap evenly around. Then, press down the end piece. Repeat for all cans, mixing up colors and patterns as desired.

STEP 1- PREP CANS

STEP 1- PREP CANS

Remove the lids from the chip cans. Cut each piece of scrapbooking paper to size, enough to cover the whole can and overlap itself by one inch. Apply double-sided tape to the wrong side of the paper on each edge. Press the first side onto the container and wrap evenly around. Press down the end piece. Repeat for all cans, mixing up colors and patterns as desired.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add Numbers to Cans

Apply numbered stickers one through 10 to the cans, then replace the lids.

STEP 2- ADD NUMBERS TO CANS

STEP 2- ADD NUMBERS TO CANS

Apply number stickers 1 through 10 to the cans, then replace the lids.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Cut Noodles

Measure the width of your yoga mat, then cut one of the pool noodles the same size using a serrated knife (Image A). Next, trim those ends to a 45-degree angle (Image B). Cut the remaining piece of your pool noodle in two. Trim one end to a 45-degree-angle on each.

Assemble Noodles

Insert several toothpicks into the angled ends of your cut pool noodle. Attach it to the angled ends of your two cut pieces until the toothpicks are totally embedded in the noodle, forming the end of your alley (Image A). To complete the lanes, attach an uncut pool noodle of a different color to each side using toothpicks (Image B). For a more permanent alley, use duct tape to secure the noodle joints. Lay the assembled noodles on top of your yoga mat, set up the pins and bowl (Image C).

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