Make your Frozen-themed playdate a fun, laughter-filled good time with this easy to make Olaf-inspired bowling game. Let all of the kids test their own icy powers with hand-painted Olaf-inspired pins and a rock troll bowling ball.
What You’ll Need
- 10 water bottles
- Green moss ball (optional: tennis ball)
- White, black, orange, brown and green acrylic paints
- Roll of Kraft paper
- Masking tape
- Crayons or markers (optional)
How To Play
- Remove the labels from 10 empty water bottles — 16 oz or 32 oz bottles work well — and wash off any sticky residue. Remove the caps but don’t throw them away.
- Squeeze about a tablespoon of white paint into the first bottle (if the paint is thick, add a few drops of water). Screw the cap on tightly and shake the bottle vigorously until the inside is completely coated with white paint.
Kids of any age will enjoy helping with this step.
- Remove the cap, pour out any excess paint and leave the cap off while the paint dries. Repeat the process with the nine other water bottles.
Tip: Make sure to buy extra white paint of you’re using 32 oz bottles, so you can be sure and coat the entire bottle.
- Add Olaf’s features to the outside of the bottle using fine paintbrushes. Paint his face—two eyes, eyebrows and an orange carrot nose—on the top part of the bottle.
Mix white and blue paint to make a light shade of blue and give Olaf his big, wide smile and outline his buck teeth. Make the faces different for each bottle to capture Olaf’s many expressions.
Optional: Paint brown twig arms on the sides of the body; three black coal buttons down the middle of his tummy.
- Wait for the paint to dry. If necessary, speed up the drying process by gently heating the bottles with a hairdryer.
- Use a medium-sized green moss ball from a craft store for bowling, or make your own custom ball.
To make your own ball:
Paint a tennis ball with swirls of brown and blue paint to resemble a rock troll. Mix brown and blue paint together to make a muddy color and include this with the other colors.
The paint can look a little messy — just apply irregular splotches and swipes all over the tennis ball. Make the job easier by sitting the tennis ball inside a cup while you paint the first half. When the paint is dry, turn the ball over and paint the rest of it. Let the paint dry completely.
Optional: Paint three small black circles in a triangular arrangement on the rock troll ball to make it look like a bowling ball.
- Set up the bowling lane in an appropriate part of your home. Unroll a few yards of Kraft paper and tape it down along the edges with masking tape. Make sure the paper is smooth and flat. Arrange the 10 Olaf bowling pins in a triangle with one pin at the front, a row of four pins at the back and rows of two and three pins in the middle.
Optional: Let the children decorate the Kraft paper bowling lane with crayons or markers. They can draw characters and scenes from Frozen or make the lane look like the icy expanses of Arendelle.
- Play your Rockin’ Olaf Bowling Game by rolling the rock troll ball toward the pins and knocking down as many as possible. Each child will get two turns to try to knock down all the pins. Keep score and award a prize to the winner or just let the children play freely.
If the bottle caps are not white, cover them with white paint.