A Group Activity that promotes cooperation, social interaction, laughter and mild exercise. This activity is for all levels of ability - children, teens, adults, seniors, and residents in long term care.
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BOWLING FOR LAUGHTER
This activity is suitable for children, adults, teens, seniors, long term care, assisted living, rehab clinics, camps, and therapy groups.
- 8 wide ribbons, each 12’ long by 1’ wide
- 1 ring, 6” in diameter made of metal or rope or strong plastic
- 1 short ribbon, 2’ long by ¼ “ wide
- 1 round balloon and 3 pennies
- 5 plastic bowling pins (or large plastic soda bottles)
Attach the end of each 1” wide ribbon to the ring8 chairs should be set up in a circle with a diameter of approximately 20’Participants should sit during this activity and each hold the end of a ribbonAttach one end of the 2’ ribbon to a balloon and the other end to the ringTape 3 pennies to the bottom of the balloon for weight (or insert them inside before blowing up the balloonPlace the bowling pins in a V formation in front of one of the participantsThe group will now work together pulling and releasing the ribbons to knock down the pins with the balloon.Have music playing during the 5 Pin Party or lead your group in singing “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”. Try separating the pins so that they are in a circle about 3’ apart, this will take longer to knock all of the pins down. Ask participants to share bowling stories and ask bowling trivia questions.
Take note of the social interaction in this activity. You will see continuous smiles, hear frequent laughter, and lots of words of support from participants that culminate with a hooray when the pins are knocked down! You can see the activity at www.creativeenrichment.net
This activity is the brainchild of Jim Arnold, a Certified Cognitive Stimulation Instructor. Jim has developed 15 group ribbon activities that promote social interaction, creative expression, cooperation, laughter and mild exercise. Jim Arnold is the director of the Creative Enrichment Group, he is a frequent speaker at recreation therapy conferences and provides in-service workshops on the topic of music recreation, creative expression and cognitive stimulation. Request Jim’s ebook on Creative Group Activities.