A good bowling set is a must have for your toddler. The question isn't really what can your child do with a bowling set, but what can't she do?! Bowling sets are perfect for active play indoors or out -- and they're especially good for rainy days when your child has pent up energy. Bowling sets encourage gross motor skills like maintaining balance, coordination, and reaching, plus they help your child develop control, manipulation and logical movement. Additionally, bowling sets are perfect for social play. When my son was a tot and his little buddies were over for a play date and getting restless, I'd break out the bowling and the kids would be satisfied for a good long while. Bowling is less organized than a board game and much easier, thus one of the first games your toddler can play with other kids in order to learn social rules such as give and take, reciprocity, cooperation, and sharing. Keep reading to see 7 outstanding eco-friendly bowling sets for tots.
PlanToys Monkey Bowling
Our first bowling set is the new PlanToys Monkey Bowling, made with sustainable PlanWood. The set includes 5 funky monkey pins and an adorable monkey ball. A great toy to keep your little monkey busy for hours.
Alice in Wonderland Inspired Toadstool Bowling
These Tim Burton / Alice in Wonderland inspired toadstools are 100% magical and fun. Handmade and hand painted in small batches to order from solid wood and non-toxic water based paint and sealer. Each pin is carefully sanded to assure a smooth to the touch finish so your child can handle the pins safely. The entire set comes in a cotton bag for easy storage.
Organic Winnie The Pooh Bowling Set
If your kid is a Winnie the Pooh fan, this bowling set is a must-have. Winnie and his friends are ready for a fun time with this bowling set that includes 4 organic cotton plush pins and a soft cotton bowling ball. Embroidered details keep this toy safe while really bringing the characters to life.
Personalized Wooden Skittles
This lovely skittles set is personalized with your child’s name, formatted horizontally in the middle of a pin. The set is made with solid Maple that’s been sanded satin smooth and zero toxic finishes. The set arrives ready to give and transport in a cotton drawstring carrying pouch. Little Sapling also has a retro bowling set that’s super cool and they plant a tree through Trees for the Future for every toy sold!
Organic Jungle Bowling Set
Giggle has recently updated their already nice pint-sized bowling set to include a cute panda and other fun jungle critters. Made with 100% organic cotton, all-natural dyes, and lush polyester fill, these adorable pins are fun and eco-friendly.
DIY Bowling Toys
Your least expensive bet when looking for an eco-friendly bowling toy is to make a homemade set for your child. We love this homemade bowling set shown above, made by Jill from Meet the Dubiens. You can see the entire bowling game tutorial at Ucreate with Kids. Don’t freak about the plastic bottles. Yes, YOU should use reusable water bottles, but my guess is you have some friends with some empty bottles on hand – or you can always raid your workplace recycling bin. See some other homemade bowling play sets in the links below.