In high school – or, at least, when I was in high school – group bowling was the only alternative to group underage drinking. And I didn’t drink in high school, because I was a
nerdy good girl. Well, there was the movies… and there was hanging out at the mall… and there was hanging out at someone’s house where we’d raid someone’s fridge. (The cool parents had frozen buffalo wings in their freezer – please be advised.) And then there was bowling.
We’d pile into someone’s Ford Taurus station wagon (I in my oversized sweatshirt, jeans, and adidas flipflops with socks. So hot, right?), and head on over to the local lanes.
Bowling. The only sport you can actually gain weight playing. Please never ask me if I will go bowling. I will say no, and suggest a more palatable alternative. Like sponge bathing your grandparents or listening to Nickelback.
Know what else I don’t like? When I buy toys for my kids, and they lose interest in them after 45 seconds. I keep a few toys in our living room and in their bedroom, but I store the majority of them in our basement. That way I can rotate them out… keeps it fresh. Faaa-reshhh. Like me.
Combine the above two and add some tasty puff snacks. A few companies make them – Gerber, Happy Baby, even Target – and they generally come in tall, cylindrical containers. Puffs around here are gold. I stick them in my handbag when we have longer shopping trips, and dole them out at the first sign of a whine or meltdown.
Are you following? We’ve got 1) my stance that bowling is laaame, 2) my irritation at spending $$$ on toys that have a distraction rate of three hours per year and 3) puffs.
I may hate bowling, but little kids love it. Here’s how I made a toddler bowling game using stuff I had around my house. Stuff I had around my house = no extra cost to me. Fresh. Faaa-reshh.
How to Make an Awesome Bowling Game
Cute. Easy. Cheap. And educational, cause Rembot tells me the numbers, and the colors of the numbers. And we match the numbered lids to the corresponding containers. AND I get bonus points because I’m recycling. This project is win-win-win-win all the way around.
So back to bowling. And it’s about to get really real up in here, because I’m showing you a clip of my living room without cleaning it. I told Rembot to stand and throw the ball. (We used a fluffy ball to avoid injuries, so it doesn’t really roll.) I even suppressed my utter disdain for bowling and demonstrated it for her. Then it was her turn.