Coconut bowling!

We’re coming to then end of our pirate themed activities and I had been really excited about this one but nearly didn’t write about it because I just couldn’t get the barrel skittles to look as good as I wanted, but the kids loved it and actually there were so many different factors to explore that it’s definitely worth trying.

coconut bowling


Skittles – we used decorated plastic bottles

Balls and coconuts

Things to think about

What conditions can you test? 

Weight of the skittle – is it harder to knock down a heavier skittle? Can you try them empty and then half filled with water, or even a combination of the two.

It is hard to throw accurately with a coconut? Why do you think this is? Is a round ball easier?

Can you try different sized balls?

What about if you bowl from further away?


Remember to only change one condition at a time and keep the rest constant.


Can you record your scores under the different conditions?

Great for Key Stage 1 – Working Scientifically

Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways

Observing closely, using simple equipment

Performing simple tests

Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

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