DIY Bowling Pins with Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

This summer my kids and I discovered our love for craft and made-up games. Through out this journey, Tetra Pak cartons are fast emerging as our friend-in-fun. I am also secretly hoping that in our eagerness to collect empty cartons, our consumption of milk will go up. In case you missed it, we have already made a Tetra Pak castle and an eco-friendly Tetra Pak Bird House.

The activity today ‘Bowling with milk cartons’ is a fun indoor activity. I have just given a little craft-twist on it – paint the continents. Painting always keeps the kids busy I say, and they will never confuse the continents again, not even South America and North America.

Age: 3+

You will need:
7 Empty Tetra Pak cartons
Water colours
Paint brushes

Step 1: Paint all the Tetra Pak cartons blue.

Step 2: Make a broad outline of the continents on the cartons. Let the kids fill in with their choice of colour.


Step 3: Place the cartons at the end of a hard and smooth floor surface.

Step 4: Show your child how to do the bowling action, where one leg goes forward and you bowl with the opposite hand.


Step 5: As the kids are able to knock down all the cartons, make it more challenging and increase their distance from the cartons.

Benefits: this activity encourages fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. Also the added twist of painting the continents adds an educational aspect and makes kids more familiar with the planet.

I hope you enjoy making and playing this eco-friendly game.

Comments (9)

Snowy Posted on Jul 22, 2018

Frankly I think that\'s abollutesy good stuff.


Dunja Posted on Mar 21, 2016

Great idea! Such a creative and fun way to spend your time with the little ones :)

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Marjorie Posted on Mar 20, 2016

This is what we should let kids do nowadays instead of all those computer games. Personally, I love being able to do things creatively, it's what I encourage my nieces and nephews to do.

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millette05 Posted on Mar 19, 2016

We used to do this improvised biwling game using tin cans as kids.

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mirandamiller03 Posted on Mar 19, 2016

This is so neat. I am going to have replicate this activity for my two. My son who is seven loves geography so this is perfect for him!!

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Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo Posted on Mar 19, 2016

Wow! When I was young, My parent always brought me here. Thank you for sharing xx l

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Maria Teresa Dumadag Posted on Mar 19, 2016

My kids and I love to craft and paint also. =) Bowling is one indoor game I let them play when I want them occupied. ;)

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ROBERT LEE Posted on Mar 19, 2016

AHH!!! I remember my kids when they were younger. Especially my youngest son, he was so into bowling and he would turn just about anything into pins. We did not have tetra packs but we do have a lot of pet bottles, from water to coke, those were some of his pins. It just shows that not everything has to be bought.

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Sabine Posted on Mar 19, 2016

What a beautiful way to teach your children plus playing with them at the same time. And it's good to recycle stuff as well. Lovely


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