Sensory bowling

Have fun taking turns to knock down all the skittles to collect points with this fun bowling game. You could even try making it even more sensory by using different coloured skittles and balls.

Two boys playing with a very big orange ball

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, and helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, learning new skills and building confidence while making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • A ball
  • Skittles

How to set up

  • Set up the skittles in a classic triangular formation

Rules of the game

  • Players take it in turns to roll the ball at the skittles
  • Count the skittles knocked down to get a players’ points for each turn
  • Players get two tries per turn
  • Reset the skittles after each turn
  • Encourage players to grip the ball where possible

Other ways to play

  • Why not encourage players to keep the score?
  • Make it more sensory with differently coloured skittles and balls – and consider the background you are aiming at, and whether or not it contrasts with the skittles
  • Try using different sounds when the skittles are knocked over
  • To make it easier, use a ramp to help roll the ball off