The aim of this skittles is to knock down the pins with the highest numbers. At the end, the team with the highest score wins! You can adapt this game with different types or sizes of ball, and by changing how spaced out the skittles are.

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, helping build confidence and independence through learning new skills and making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • Numbered skittles, or similar
  • A ball

How to set up

  • Arrange the skittles in a random formation
  • Split players into two teams, and have them both face the skittles

Rules of the game

  • Each player takes a turn rolling the ball off their lap towards the skittles, alternating between teams
  • Each time a skittle is knocked down, the number on it is counted, then it’s stood back up again
  • When every player has taken their turn, the scores are added up and the team with the highest score wins.

Other ways to play

  • See how the game feels with different kinds of balls, like a tennis ball or a beach ball.
  • Make it more sensory by making the skittles really bright colours or adding lights to them
  • Adding benches as bumpers will make the game easier
  • Adjust the challenge by spacing out the skittles, or moving them closer together