Glow in the Dark Water Bottle Bowling

Looking for a fun summer game the kids can play while you sit around the fire-pit? Make this easy set of glow in the dark bowling pins with water bottles and glow sticks!

bowling pins made from water bottles and glow sticks

Why this project is a hit

We love all crafts that are easy for kids to make. Not sure this really counts as a craft, but it is a DIY game, and that counts enough for me!

This is a great activity for kids, but the grown ups will love joining in the fun.

These are portable, so you can take them with you next time you go camping. Be sure to bring a bunch of fresh glow sticks for night #2.

boy holding water bottles with glow sticks in them

Craft supplies you will need

Aside from some plastic water bottles and glow sticks, you’ll need a good sturdy ball, like a soccer ball, to bowl down your glow-in-the-dark pins. You can find glow sticks in the party aisle at discount department stores, or check your local dollar store.

labeled supplies needed for glow in the dark water bottle bowling

Get full list of supplies and directions in the printable version at the end of this post.

Helpful Project Information:

  • Age Level: 4 and up
  • Mess Factor: Low (water)
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 5 minutes
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $2.00

How to Make Your Own Glow in the Dark Bowling Game

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

  1. Remove any labels from your water bottles. If the bottles are empty, fill them with tap water to 3/4 full.

child pouring water into a bottle

  1. Crack the glow sticks to activate them (according to package directions) and drop one glow stick in each bottle.

child cracking a glow stickchild putting a glow stick into a bottle

  1. Replace the lid on the bottle securely.

child screwing a lid on a water bottle

  1. Line bottles up like bowling pins. The back row should have 4 pins, the next row will have 3, next 2, and finally 1 at the front.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • To keep the game fair, especially if you have a range of ages playing, set a distance for each age group. Smaller children are allowed to stand closer to the pins while older kids that need more of a challenge should stand farther back.
  • If water bottles are new and still contain water, pour out a little off the top to allow for the glow stick you’ll be adding.
  • No need to reserve this fun glowing game for summer, it’s great for indoor fun as well. Are you hosting a slumber party or having a few friends over to spend the night? Turn off all the lights and enjoy a fun game of indoor bowling!

little boy bowling

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water bottles with glow sticks set up like bowling pins

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Glow in the Dark Bowling with Water Bottles

Great for slumber parties, camping, or any indoor or outdoor activity, glow in the dark bowling is fun for kids and adults alike!

Prep Time10 mins

Crafting Time0 mins

Total Time10 mins

Age Group: Kids Crafts

Project Type: Summer

Supplies

  • 10 water bottles
  • 10 glow sticks in a variety of colors
  • Soccer ball or kickball

Instructions

  • Remove any labels from your water bottles. If water bottles are new and still contain water, pour out a little off the top to allow for the glow stick you’ll be adding.

  • Crack the glow sticks to activate them (according to package directions) and drop one glow stick in each bottle. Replace the lid on the bottle securely.

  • Line bottles up like bowling pins. The back row should have 4 pins, the next row will have 3, next 2, and finally 1 at the front.

Notes

  • To keep the game fair, especially if you have a range of ages playing, set a distance for each age group. Smaller children are allowed to stand closer to the pins while older kids that need more of a challenge should stand farther back.
  • If water bottles are new and still contain water, pour out a little off the top to allow for the glow stick you’ll be adding.
  • No need to reserve this fun glowing game for summer, it’s great for indoor fun as well. Are you hosting a slumber party or having a few friends over to spend the night? Turn off all the lights and enjoy a fun game of indoor bowling!

I originally created this project for Kix Cereal in July of 2013.

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