Games, Plants and Animals

Carrot bowling

Each crop requires patience and commitment. If everything goes well, we collect the galore harvest and we can enjoy the abundance. Sometimes the harvest even exceeds our expectations and needs. Do you have any tips on what to do with agricultural products that we are unable to use ourselves?

During the game, we will fight to ensure that no carrot is wasted.


– Teaching children to be grateful for the harvest and to share it.

– Teaching children about the possibility of storing root vegetables in ditches.

Time: 30 minutes


  • basket (attachment 4.1)
  • ditch (attachment 4.2)
  • paper rolls from toilet paper (min. 10)
  • poster paints (orange and brown)
  • green tissue paper
  • stapler
  • small ball
  • orange plasticine (amount appropriate to the number of participants)

Task flow

Children (optionally the teacher) make bowling pins (from internal toilet paper rolls) that “look like carrots”. We paint the rolls orange and mark them with brown lines to make them look like the root of a carrot freshly taken out of the ground. We prepare carrot leaves from green tissue paper and attach them to the rolls with a stapler. We print attachments 4.1 and 4.2. One basket for each child and one board with a mound for the entire playing group. It is best if the game is played in groups of 5-10 people so that children do not get bored waiting for their turn to throw the ball.

Game rules

The game resembles a standard bowling game. We place the paper carrots like ten bowling pins at the end of the lane. Children “reap the harvest” by throwing the ball – for each bowling pin they knock down, they get one orange ball of plasticine and paste it into the basket diagram (Appendix 4.1). If after one round there is no winner who covers all the carrots in the basket with plasticine, the game continues. The game ends when one of the participants has all the outlines of carrots in the basket filled in orange. Note: one knocked down pin = one ball of plasticine = one filled carrot. (Optionally, you can play as long as you have enough plasticine.)

When closing the game, it may happen that one of the children has more plasticine balls than places in the basket. The teacher then asks what we can do with the excess crops so as not to waste them. Children should come up with ideas to share. The teacher then suggests that the children can give their balls to those who did not manage to knock off enough crops or glue the excess plasticine onto the picture with a bunny and a vegetable ditch (Appendix 4.2) – and the teacher explains that this is one of the low-energy ways to store root vegetables. It can also be mentioned that many crops can be stored frozen or in jars for a long time.

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The post was created as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with the Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.

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