We had the boys gather round and Honey went through a short, interactive presentation covering introductions, where to find things at the corral, how to talk like a cowboy and explaining how to become a real cowboy. After the presentation, the boys were divided up into three groups and outfitted in hats, bandannas and vests.
- I printed out the four things we wanted to cover on cardstock, backed in kraft stock and pasted to a foam board. Honey used this as his guide for the "cowboy talk" session.
- All on her own accord, Mother fashioned darling little felt vests, complete with fringe and badges, for the entire lot of buckaroos in attendance. The total cost for eleven vests was under eight dollars. I assure you that I am under-exaggerating when I say that they went over splendidly!
Ride Em Cowboy Relay Race
Cowpokes earned their "Horse Riding" badge at this station.
We had all three teams participate at once. A cowbell signaled the start of the race. Each cowpoke had to ride a stick horse from the start line, around the cones and back before handing over the horse to the next person on their team.
- Supplies: Yard stick, craft paper, brown yarn, googly eyes, batting
- On craft paper, draw and cut out two heads for each stick horse. I free handed mine.
- Use hot glue to glue the ears of the two cut horse heads together.
- For the mane, wrap yarn around some appropriately sized object. I randomly used a graham cracker box. I wrapped it about 50 times.
- Slide the wrapped yarn off of your hand and glue it between the two heads, pressing firmly so that the glue squeezes through to both sides.
- Continue gluing around the rest of the horse's mouth and to the right side of the neck. Do not glue the bottom.
- Slide the yarn off of the graham cracker box and glue the mane on in the appropriate place.
- Finish gluing the left side of the head. Then lightly stuff the ears, top of the head and mouth with batting.
Stable Hand Pony Grooming
The cowpokes earned their "Pony Grooming" badge at this station.
I pre-cut horse tails and used removable double sided tape for them to adhere their tails to the pony. Each cowpoke was handed a taped tail, blindfolded with a bandanna, spun around five times and then left to pin their tail on the pony.
- Supplies - craft paper, foam board, double stick tape, bandanna
- Free hand horse, without it's tail, on craft paper. Cut out and glue to foam board.
- Cut out tails for kids to pin on the pony.
Five Paces Boot Toss
Cowpokes earned their "Boot Toss" badge at this station.
We used corn hole game boards for a good, old fashioned bean bag toss. Cowpokes were instructed to take five paces away from the game, turn around and then toss.
Steer Roping Ring Toss
Cowpokes earned their "Steer Roping" badge at this station.
Like the Boot Toss, cowpokes were instructed to take five paces away from the game. From there, it was just a regular ring toss!
- I really, really wanted to use my vintage Coke crate in some capacity. It just seemed fitting for the fete. I adore all things Coca-Cola and one night it just hit me to paint 8-oz. glass Coke bottles to look like cows for a steer roping ring toss game.
- Leave the bottles filled, to give them some weight and ensure they don't tip over. Use masking tape to cover their caps. Spray paint white over the course of multiple thin coats.
Feelin Lucky Gold Strike
Cowpokes earned their "Strike Gold" badges at this station.
Cowpokes panned for gold with a pierced pie tin.
- Paint fish tank gravel (because I had a whole lot of it already on hand) gold. I found the easiest way to do this was to dump a bunch in a cardboard box and spray. Shake the box and repeat a bunch of times until covered. I used a stick to stir it up when it started to stick. Let dry completely.
- Pierce holes in pie tins. I think Honey stacked them all up and did them all at once. I used one for each participant because they were quite flimsy (and I got three for $1 at the dollar store.)
Crayola Corral Coloring Saloon
Cowpokes earned their "Crayola Corral" badge at this station.
Print out wanted posters and have them go to town.
Download coloring page!
No Horsing Around Horseshoes
Cowpokes earned their "Horseshoes" badges at this station.
We borrowed the set from Sister. Since it was real (and real heavy), we only set up one stake to make it very easy to monitor and keep the boys safe.
Cowpokes earned their "Shoot Out" badge at this station.
We brought the whole group together for this grand finale shoot out. Honey gave a short demo on how to use (and how not to use) the marshmallow shooters. We then passed out bags of mini marshmallow and let the cowpokes go to town.
- Supplies - 21" of 1/2" wide PVC pipe, two elbow connectors, one t joint and one end cap for each shooter
- Using PVC pipe cutters, cut one 7" piece, three 4" pieces and one 2" piece for each shooter. Connect per the diagram below.
- Hats and bandannas - Oriental Trading
- Vests - made by my amazing Mother
- "John" baskets and JWW monogrammed red buckets - Pottery Barn Kids (over six years ago)
- Craft paper, batting, vintage Coke crate, fish tank gravel - had on hand
- Yard sticks, rope, sand, pvc pipes, yard stakes - Home Depot
- Brown yarn, google eyes, red duct tape, gold spray paint - Michael's
- Foam board and cowbell - Hobby Lobby
- Corn hole game - built by Honey
- Pie tins and vase filler - Dollar Tree
- Horseshoes game - borrowed
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And that rounds out the party activities. Whew! I'm totally taking a break from long blog posts after this week :-)
Participating in the Pure Joy Events party tutorial contest!